Date of Birth:  February 6, 1978
 Place of Birth: Invermere, BC
 Residence: Calgary, AB
 Years Curling:
 15
 Height:  N/A
 Weight: N/A

Christine Keshen, the lead on Shannon Kleibrink's Alberta rink, was not with the team in 1997 when they lost to Sandra Schmirler in the Olympic trials prior to the Nagano Games. However, one look at her face during the 2005 Olympic trials in Halifax last December, and it was clear she was going to give everything she had to help get her skip to Turin in 2006.

With her now trademark rolled up sleeves exposing chiseled arms, Keshen became a symbol for the toughness and resiliency of the Kleibrink rink. That toughness was on display right at the end of the trial's final match against British Columbia's Kelly Scott. Needing a huge takeout with her final throw, Kleibrink came through, making the difficult shot to score three and win 8-7.

The University of Calgary graduate (BComm 2002) joined Team Kleibrink in 2005 and has been a solid contributor since signing on. Although the team was unsuccessful in its attempt to defend their 2004 provincial title, they still managed to have some success on the World Curling Tour. In fact, early in the 2005-06 season, the team managed second, third and fifth-place finishes in their first four events.

After winning the trials, Keshen, Kleibrink, second Glenys Bakker and third Amy Nixon decided to do some bonding at a tattoo shop where all four women had both the Olympic rings and the Canadian flag permanently inscribed on their ankles.

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