February 24, 2006
Curlers close case in Italy
Bronze extra special to city law firm
PABLO FERNANDEZ -- Calgary Sun

The bronze medal won by Canada's women curlers was a golden accomplishment, say workers at a local law firm with a special interest in the foursome.

Staff at Calgary's Field Law offices celebrated Shannon Kleibrink and her squad's 11-4 win over Norway's Dordi Nordby yesterday, especially applauding the efforts of Amy Nixon and Glenys Bakker, who both work at the Calgary firm.

"We are so pleased to have these two wonderful women working with us and we couldn't have been happier," said partner Ian Lamoureux. "They've all had challenges all week, they fought through adversity, illness and challenges adjusting to the ice ... but they rallied and came back.

"This is a crowning achievement."

Nixon struggled with a stomach flu throughout the tournament.

Team lead Christine Keshen, of Invermere, B.C., was also reported to have come down with the illness during at least one day of competition.

She's been unable to sleep since the tournament started, said Keshen's mom Carol, from Invermere.

"As a parent, it doesn't matter how old your children are, you are still a parent and you feel for them when you know they're down," she said. "But they came out today looking like they wanted to win and they went out there and did it and we're very proud of them."

Judy Pendergast, who's played second for Kleibrink in the past, beamed with happiness upon hearing her friend had just secured a spot on the Olympic podium.

"She deserved it, for sure," she said.

"She's one of the best skips in Canada and she's proven it."