Hollingsworth still medal threat in skeleton

Canada's Mellisa Hollingsworth puts on her helmet prior to her run during the World Cup skeleton...

Canada's Mellisa Hollingsworth puts on her helmet prior to her run during the World Cup skeleton event in Whistler, B.C. February 2, 2012. (REUTERS/Andy Clark)

TED WYMAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:44 PM ET

It is one of the most indelible and heart-wrenching images of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Skeleton racer Mellisa Hollingsworth, still stunned after making a crucial mistake and finishing fifth in a race she seemed destined to win, standing before the cameras and, tears flowing, giving an interview about how she felt like she let her country down.

Despite all the gold medals Canada mined at those Olympics and all the silver and bronze as well, for many people Hollingsworth’s raw, emotional words in the face of heartbreak were defining.

In just a moment or two of wearing her heart on her sleeve, Hollingsworth summed up the fragility of the Olympic athlete who trains for four years for one moment and can have it all taken away by one mistake that costs milliseconds of time on a lightning fast track.


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