Skin game not so bad

CON GRIWKOWSKY -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:29 AM ET

GRANDE PRAIRIE -- At first, Christine Keshen was a bit hesitant.

The 2006 Olympic curling bronze medallist had been approached by Andorran curler and photographer Anna Arce to pose nude in the second version of a fund-raising calendar for women curlers.

Now Shannon Kleibrink's lead enjoys the notoriety of her exposure in Fire on Ice.

"I haven't heard the exact numbers, but I know it's going well," said Keshen, who quickly sold her allotment of 60 calendars. "I've had so many people ask me about it. They sold so quick.

"It's a neat calendar. It's in good taste. It's more risque, definitely, than last year's calendar."

It's not as if Keshen ever had any burning desire to be a calendar girl before she was approached.

"It's something I would never have thought of doing before," she said. "When they asked me to do it, I was, uh, well, might as well do it now. I'm young and in good shape."

Keshen has obviously thought through the repercussions of her decision.

"I'll look back on this in 50 years and have a good laugh," said Keshen. "I'll show my great-grandkids and say 'look, grandma was hot.' "

She'll admit it took a while for her to get comfortable with the idea.

"When you first go into something like that, it's like 'Oh, my God, this is not me.' This does not feel right," said Keshen. "As you get into it, the photographer (Arce) was so cool. She kept me laughing the whole time. It was a neat experience for sure."

Posing nude may have been a huge issue 40 years ago, but the fact Keshen got support from her family helped her through the dilemma.

"I'm very happy with it," said Keshen.

"I'm not exposing anything. You know, it leaves a lot to the imagination. My parents, my boyfriend and my grandparents have a copy.''

Keshen's charity of choice is Right to Play, an organization for Third-World countries to fund sports for underprivileged children.


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