| Date of Birth:
August 27, 1962
Place of Birth: High River, AB
Residence: Calgary, AB
The lone holdover from Shannon Kleibrink's rink that lost in the heartbreaking 1997 Olympic trials to Saskatchewan's Sandra Schmirler, Glenys Bakker was on top of the world last December when she and her skip finally got the monkey of their backs by winning the 2005 Olympic trials. Now the two, along with lead Christine Keshen and third Amy Nixon, will at long last represent Canada at the Turin Games in 2006.
The fact Bakker is even still on the team is amazing considering she gave birth to her second child in August, just four months before the trials. Thanks to the support from her husband and other family, Bakker has been able to juggle both the responsibilities of caring for a newborn and throwing second on one of Canada's top women's curling teams.
Earning the Olympic berth was sweet redemption for Bakker, who stuck with Kleibrink through the tough times after the huge loss to Schmirler. In fact, only during the last few years has the team once again become a factor on the national stage
In 2004, Bakker would enjoy her first Alberta Women's title as an actual player. In 1993 she was an alternate on Kleibrink's provincial championship team. The rink has also had some success on the World Curling Tour over the past two seasons, finishing seventh overall in 2004-05, and placing near the top of the standings early in 2005-06.
After winning the trials, Bakker - who is currently on maternity leave from her job as a legal assistant in Calgary - and her team bonded at a tattoo shop where all four women had both the Olympic rings and the Canadian flag permanently inscribed on their ankles.
February 24: Kleibrink win good as gold
February 24: Curlers close case in Italy
February 23: Gold beyond the 'brink
February 19: Canadians rocked by minnows Curling
February 18: One win and the gals are in
February 12: Kleibrink's rink drinks with the competition
January 25: Tinker belle
December 14: this is a headline related story
2006 Curling Coverage