Hollingsworth wins skeleton silver

BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:41 PM ET

WHISTLER, B.C. - Redemption for Mellisa Hollingsworth.

The Eckville, Alta. native was favoured to win a skeleton medal in the Vancouver Winter Olympics in February but finished a disappointing fifth. On Thursday she returned to the Whistler Sliding Centre Olympic track and won silver in the first world cup of the season.

No tears this time, no tears, said Hollingsworth, 30. Im happy and proud that I was able to overcome what happened in February and put two solid runs together. Ive had two races here and my final run of the race has always been the one that Ive made a mistake on.

The Turin 2006 bronze medallist and 2000 world championship silver medallist had a two-run, combined time of one minute, 49.4 seconds. Her 140.71 kilometres-per-hour first-run speed was third fastest overall on the snowy afternoon.

Marion Thees of Germany won gold with a combined 1:48.98 time and speeds of 141.58 km-h and 141.25 km-h. Thees also won the 2009 world cup stop at Whistler, but was eighth in the Olympics.

German Anja Huber won bronze.

Amy Gough of Abbotsford, B.C. and Sarah Reid of Calgary were sixth and seventh, respectively.

The bobsled and skeleton world cup, which runs through Saturday, is the only world cup meet for an Olympic sport in Vancouver or Whistler this season.

The weirdest thing is coming to this track and not having the vision of the Olympics, its different, said Hollingsworth. Thats not in the sights for this track anymore, its onwards and upwards to Sochi 2014.


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