Canada's skeleton racers relaxed and ready

Mellisa Hollingsworth leads Canada's skeleton squad into the Sochi Olympic Games. (CARMINE...

Mellisa Hollingsworth leads Canada's skeleton squad into the Sochi Olympic Games. (CARMINE MARINELLI/QMI Agency/Files)

DANIEL AUSTIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:24 AM ET

CALGARY - Only a couple weeks before the 2014 Winter Olympics Games in Sochi kicked off, the Canadian skeleton team returned to Calgary.

With a team of athletes mostly making their Olympic debuts, the skeleton team brass decided the best plan of action was skipping the final pre-Sochi world cup stop in Konigsee, Germany, and returning to home for a two-week training camp.

“It was a comfort and relaxation and energy-conservation thing,” said Duff Gibson, the 2006 Olympic gold medallist and current head coach of the national team.

“(The Olympics) zaps your energy — it’s a very exciting environment, and it’s an environment that you can’t really simulate. You’re pumped up the whole time, and you don’t realize that you’re using this energy until it’s your turn to go, and then you’re just a few percentage points off where you’d hoped you’d be.

“And, of course, at that level it takes you out of the running.”

So far, the decision appears to be paying dividends.


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