Meet Melissa Hollingsworth, she is the beautiful Canadian Skeleton Athlete who promises great achievements at the Winter Olympics. Would you like to find out more about her, then keep reading plus don’t miss Melissa Hollingsworth photos and video below.
This talented, stunning athlete is among the best skeleton athletes in Canada, she was born on October 4, 1980 in Lacombe, Alberta in Canada. Melissa grew up surrounded with a country life, she loves to rides horses and still does. She also used to play basketball, volleyball and ran track. It is really surprising how a girl raised in a country like lifestyle will get in the sport of Skeleton Isn’t it? But that’s easy, you see her cousin is Ryan Davenport, the Canadian skeleton racer who won three medals at the 1996, 1997 World Championships.
Melissa won the silver at the 2000 FIBT World Championships in Alberta, Germany, and in the World Cup during the 2002-03 season she won 6th place (Lake Placid), 2nd (St, Moritz) and 5th World championships (Nagano). During 2004-05, 3rd place at the World Cup (Calgary) and 8th overall, 2004-05 3rd at Igls, Austria. The next year she won 2nd at the Canadian Championships. In the 2005-06 season, 3rd at the 2006 Winter Games in Torino.
Last year she won 1st place at Lake Placid, 3rd at the World Cup in Italy and Germany and ranked 1st place at the World Cup overall. In 2010 she won at the World Cup in Koenigssee, Germany. After her Bronze in Torino, Melissa looked forward to Vancouver and her opportunity to win the gold .
Things to know about Melissa.
- She calls “A Big Learning opportunity” of her experience she had at the Whistler Cup (When she was at the top places overall and due to a little mistake she ended ninth).
- She almost considered retirement when she didn’t make it onto the team to go to the Salt Lake City Games.
- She drove from Alberta to Utah to see her team compete at the Salt Lake City Games.
- She is the hostess of most of her hometown’s Rodeos.
- Her horse is named Rascal.
- Her biggest goal at this Olympics is to win the gold at home.
- Melissa Hollingsworth Av. is named after her back home.
- She went to David Thompson High School.
- Melissa used to participate in rodeos.
- She is a Goodwill Ambassador for Right to Play and UNIICEF.
This warm, beautiful, talented and smart Canadian Skeleton Athlete will for sure accomplish great things at this Winter Olympics and many more to come. Meanwhile take a look at some Melissa Hollingsworth photos and video below.
Melissa Hollingsworth Video
Photos: Wikipedia.org/ Robert Thivierge, www.wenn.com