February 14, 2006
Close shave for Vanderbeek
Skier sets fastest time in training prior to Wednesday's women's downhill
ERIC FRANCIS -- Sun Media
Canadian downhill skier Kelly Vanderbeek reacts after her training run on the womens Olympic downhill course in San Sicario Fraiteve, northern Italy, Tuesday. Vanderbeek finished the practice run in first place.(AP Photo/Diether Endlicher)

TURIN, Italy -- Kelly Vanderbeek wrapped up a solid week of preparations by winning the final training run at San Sicaro leading up to tomorrow's Olympic downhill.

Regardless of how she fares in her first Olympic race, the 24-year-old Kapuskasing, ON native plans to make sure of one thing before she starts - her legs will be shaved.

"My sister broke her leg when she was 16 during a Super G race in Ontario and the first thing she talked about when I saw her after it happened was how embarrassed she was about not shaving her legs," explained Vanderbeek, whose boyfriend, Olympic kayaker David Ford, will be in attendance for her race.

"She said she hadn't shaved for a month and when the doctor saw her to have a look at it she was just really embarrassed. So now I shave my legs before every race. It's not that I always follow her advice but my sister and I are very close. It's just one of those things that she said and it's always stuck with me."

Fernie's Emily Brydon finished 10th and Calgary's Sherry Lawrence was 28th on a hill that claimed the season of Emily Brydon one day earlier when she tore her ACL in training.