Hawrysh on twisting fast-track to Sochi Games

Canadian skeleton racer Cassie Hawrysh looks on during the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Media...

Canadian skeleton racer Cassie Hawrysh looks on during the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Media Summit in Vancouver Monday May 13, 2013. (CARMINE MARINELLI/QMI Agency)

TED WYMAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:20 PM ET

You might say Cassie Hawrysh is on the fast track, though it’s one with many twists and turns.

“It’s definitely not a straight line, the path,” Hawrysh laughed, while telling the story of how she came to be a World Cup skeleton racer with designs on Olympic glory.

Hawrysh, a personable 29-year-old from Brandon, Man., is tantalizingly close to qualifying for Sochi 2014 just five years after she was introduced to the dizzying, head-first sledding sport. Only two years ago, she made her first appearances on the lower-tier skeleton tours, trying her luck on the four North American tracks, and last year made her World Cup debut, competing across the globe on runs she had never tried before.

“It’s all happened as fast as the sport takes me,” Hawrysh said. “I shouldn’t be surprised but there are some days that I have to wonder ‘Is this really happening.’”


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