VANCOUVER - It took years for Mellisa Hollingsworth to realize the humble roots she once was embarrassed about actually gave her the strength and conviction to become an Olympic athlete.
The skeleton racer from Eckville, Alta., was raised by her father on a ranch surrounded by horses and hanging out with cowboys. As a teenager attending basketball camps and track meets in the city, she would sometimes be teased.
"I was the young girl that was a little bit embarrassed by my roots," Hollingsworth said during a recent Canadian Olympic Committee athlete's summit. "I was the only country kid. I would get a little bit embarrassed when they asked me where I was from."
When she reached her mid-20's Hollingsworth started to understand the values and principles her father instilled in her.
"I've been desperately trying to get back to my roots ever since and have never been prouder to be that ranch girl," she said.
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