No skeleton medal for Hollingsworth
VANCOUVER (CP) — Another medal chance has slipped through Canadian fingers.
Mellisa Hollingsworth of Eckville, Alta., pinballed through a stretch of track at the Whistler Sliding Centre Friday on her way to a disappointing fifth-place finish in the women’s skeleton, nearly a full second back of gold medallist Amy Williams of Britain.
Kerstin Szymkowiak and Anja Huber, both of Germany, took silver and bronze.
Amy Gough of Abbotsford, B.C., finished seventh in the 19sled field, while Michelle Kelly of Fort St. John, B.C., ended up in 13th. Kelly, 35, slammed into the wall during her third run and narrowly avoided flipping off her sled before managing to right the ship and complete the course. She appeared uninjured but shaken as she took her time exiting the finish area.
It wasn’t the day’s first disappointment in an Olympics that have, at least so far, offered Canadian fans more grief than greatness.
The men’s downhillers were shut out of the super-giant slalom, won by Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway.
American rivals Bode Miller and Andrew Weibrecht took silver and bronze, extending the U.S. medal count to 20 and putting the current leaders of both the gold and overall medal counts even further out of reach.
Erik Guay of MontTremblant, Que., was top Canadian in fifth, coming in just three one-hundredths of a second off a podium finish.
“It’s tough to swallow,” Guay admitted. “I could have easily been there.”
Teammate Manuel OsborneParadis, 26, of Invermere, B.C., crashed out of what turned out to be another spill-filled race, as did 25-year-old Whistler native Robbie Dixon. The women’s super-G goes today.
At the Whistler Olympic Park in Callaghan Valley, the Canadian cross-country skiing team was also dealing with disappointment.
Sara Renner, the 33-year-old veteran from Canmore, Alta., finished a distant 10th in the women’s 15-kilometre pursuit race, well back of gold medallist Marit Bjoergen of Norway and second-place finisher Anna Haag of Sweden.
Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland claimed the bronze.