| Date of Birth:
December 11, 1980
Place of Birth: Calgary, AB
Residence: Canmore, AB
Years on National Team:
It wasn't much of a surprise that Sandra Keith found herself on skis soon after she had learned to walk since her parents were both avid cross-country skiers. Clearly a natural, Sandra moved to Calgary at the age of 11 and took up biathlon soon after. At 17, she had earned a spot on the National Junior Team and finished an impressive 29th at the 1998 Junior World Championships in the 12.5 km Individual race.
Keith would continue to improve over the next two years among other junior skiers, but it wasn't until the 2003 season as a senior that she truly made her mark. Just 22-years-old at the time, she claimed gold at the European Cup; finished 10th at the FISU World Games; and placed 33rd in the World Championships in Russia.
Unfortunately, over the next couple of seasons, the strong results were harder to come by. During the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons, Keith's best international result was a 46th-place finish in a 10 km Pursuit in the USA. At the World Championships in 2004 and 2005, Keith finished 70th and 63rd respectively in the 15 km Individual races.
But instead of giving up, Keith has come back strong in 2005-06. At a December World Cup event in Hochfilzen, Austria, she shot a clean round in a 15 km race, helping her finish in 26th place - the best result of her career.
Keith now comes to Turin in 2006 with her confidence running high, knowing she is definitely back on the right track.
2006 Biathlon Coverage