Date of Birth:  October 7, 1968
 Place of Birth: Norquay, SK
 Residence: Calgary, AB
 Years Curling:
 24
 Height:  N/A
 Weight: N/A

After missing out on a chance to go to the Nagano Games eight years ago when she lost to Sandra Schmirler in the final of the Olympic trials, Shannon Kleibrink made the most of her second opportunity at last December's raucous trials in Halifax. Needing a huge takeout with her final throw, Kleibrink came through, making the difficult shot to score three and win a tight 8-7 match over British Columbia's Kelly Scott to win the tournament. Now she and her team of Amy Nixon, Glenys Bakker (the lone holdover from 1997) and Christine Keshen are ready to represent Canada at the Turin Games in 2006.

It was sweet redemption for the Calgary-based skip, who clearly had trouble rebounding after the heartbreaking loss to Schmirler. In fact, only during the last few years has Kleibrink once again become a factor on the national stage.

In 2003 she would become the first woman to skip a team at the Canadian Mixed Curling Championships. One year later, she would do it again, only this time she would win gold. Also in 2004, Kleibrink won her second Alberta Women's title, 11 years after her first one.

Her rink has also had some success on the World Curling Tour over the past couple of seasons, finishing seventh overall in 2004-05, and placing near the top of the standings early in 2005-06.

After winning the trials, Kleibrink and her team did 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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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
February 10: Few glitches for Canuck curlers
February 9: SUN Prediction: Bronze Medal
February 1: Kleibrink struggles at Strauss
January 9: Stage set for Turin
December 11: Kleibrink vindicated
December 11: One on one with Kleibrink

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