hide You are viewing an archived web page, collected at the request of University of Alberta using Archive-It. This page was captured on 16:48:07 Dec 08, 2010, and is part of the HCF Alberta Online Encyclopedia collection. The information on this web page may be out of date. See All versions of this archived page.

Heritage Community Foundation Presents
Alberta Online Encyclopedia

Mellisa Hollingsworth-Richards
(Skeleton)

Mellisa Hollingsworth, a descendant of the Kingsep and Mottus pioneer families, shown during a skeleton event at the Torino winter Olympics, 2006. Mellisa Hollingsworth-Richards won a bronze medal in the sport of skeleton at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy. Some of her other achievements in the sport of skeleton include:

  • 6-time medalist in Canadian Skeleton Championships, including a gold medal in 1996.
  • Silver medalist at the World Championships in 2000.
  • World Cup Champion in 2006.

Mellisa Hollingsworth won a bronze medal in the Skeleton event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Italy. Mellisa is a proud fifth-generation descendant of the Mottus family, who are amongst Alberta\'s Estonian pioneers. Mellisa has been active in the sport for over ten years. She attributed much of her success to her custom-made sleds, designed and manufactured by her cousin Ryan Davenport.

Mellisa's great-grandfather, Gustav Mottus, left Estonia at the age of 21 and eventually settled on a homestead west of Eckville, Alberta in 1911.

Alberta's Estonian Heritage
Albertasource.ca | Contact Us | Partnerships
            For more on Estonian Alberta, visit Peel’s Prairie Provinces.

Copyright © Heritage Community Foundation All Rights Reserved