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Mellisa Hollingsworth-Richards

Full name: Mellisa Hollingsworth-Richards
Gender: Female
Height: 5-5.5 (167 cm)
Weight: 128 lbs (58 kg)
Born: October 4, 1980 in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada
Affiliations: Alberta Skeleton Association
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Skeleton

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

An international medalist in skeleton by the age of 20, Mellisa Hollingsworth is no stranger to success in the sport, as she is the cousin of Ryan Davenport, a champion Canadian skeleton racer in the late 1990s. Prior to snagging the silver in the women’s event at the 2000 World Championships she ran track and played basketball at the provincial level. Nevertheless,her road to Olympic success was a rocky one: she nearly quit the sport after being denied the opportunity to compete for Team Canada at the 2002 Winter Olympics a mere three weeks before the opening ceremony. Yet, by the end of the 2005-06 season of the skeleton World Cup, she had claimed the woman’s overall title at the Skeleton World Cup and at the 2006 Winter Olympics she captured the bronze medal in the women’s skeleton event. She was considered a medal favorite in the women's event at the 2010 Winter Olympics, but a terrible final left her in fifth place at the end of the tournament. She was so distraught at her final position that she apologized to the Canadian public for her result. In her spare time, Hollingsworth works with Right to Play and has donated time and money to the organization’s efforts in Ghana.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2006 Winter 25 Torino Skeleton Women's Skeleton Canada CAN 3 Bronze
2010 Winter 29 Vancouver Skeleton Women's Skeleton Canada CAN 5
2014 Winter 33 Sochi Skeleton Women's Skeleton Canada CAN 11T

Women's Skeleton

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IT1 IR1 IT2 IR2 IT3 IR3 IT4 IR4 IT5 IR5 ST1 SR1 ST2 SR2 ST3 SR3 ST4 SR4 ST5 SR5
2006 Winter 25 Torino Skeleton Canada CAN Final Standings 3 2:01.41
2006 Winter 25 Torino Skeleton Canada CAN Run 1 3 1:00.39 5.13 5 18.37 3 28.59 2 40.74 2 51.68 2 13.24 1 10.22 4 12.15 =3 10.94 6 8.71 5
2006 Winter 25 Torino Skeleton Canada CAN Run 2 3 1:01.02 5.12 =4 18.41 3 28.63 2 40.94 3 52.06 3 13.29 2 10.22 2 12.31 =3 11.12 5 8.96 9
2010 Winter 29 Vancouver Skeleton Canada CAN Final Standings 5 3:36.60
2010 Winter 29 Vancouver Skeleton Canada CAN Run 1 5 54.18 5.05 =10 16.83 10 31.29 9 40.52 8 48.50 5 11.78 13 14.46 7 9.23 2 7.98 2 5.68 3
2010 Winter 29 Vancouver Skeleton Canada CAN Run 2 3 54.17 5.04 10 16.79 11 31.18 8 40.47 6 48.50 5 11.75 =10 14.39 =3 9.29 =4 8.03 =1 5.67 =2
2010 Winter 29 Vancouver Skeleton Canada CAN Run 3 2 53.81 5.02 =8 16.64 5 31.00 =6 40.21 =3 48.17 2 11.62 4 14.36 8 9.21 4 7.96 2 5.64 3
2010 Winter 29 Vancouver Skeleton Canada CAN Run 4 11 54.44 4.93 1 16.53 =1 31.04 9 40.56 =10 48.70 11 11.60 =6 14.51 12 9.52 14 8.14 9 5.74 7
2014 Winter 33 Sochi Skeleton Canada CAN Final Standings 11T 3:56.21
2014 Winter 33 Sochi Skeleton Canada CAN Run 1 15 59.68 5.16 =17 20.57 17 33.05 16 41.62 16 52.66 =15 15.41 16 12.48 14 8.57 =13 11.04 12 7.02 =12
2014 Winter 33 Sochi Skeleton Canada CAN Run 2 17 59.70 5.11 =15 20.47 =14 32.97 16 41.57 =16 52.65 17 15.36 =16 12.50 16 8.60 17 11.08 16 7.05 =18
2014 Winter 33 Sochi Skeleton Canada CAN Run 3 10 58.68 5.05 =9 20.38 13 32.82 =16 41.26 16 51.93 15 15.33 17 12.44 17 8.44 =13 10.67 7 6.75 6
2014 Winter 33 Sochi Skeleton Canada CAN Run 4 2T 58.15 5.06 =9 20.32 10 32.53 7 40.87 3 51.43 2 15.26 12 12.21 =2 8.34 1 10.56 =1 6.72 =3
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