February 18, 2006
One win and the gals are in
TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

PINEROLO, Italy -- Where the Val Lemina and the Val Pellice join the Val Chisone, there's a sleepy little town of 35,000, a nice place to take a nap.

Pinerolo, indeed, is a place where you can sleep through the start of a night game. That's what Canada's Christine Keshen did Thursday against Dordy Nordby of Norway. But at the end of the day yesterday, Canada's sleeping giants looked wide awake after a shaky start to the Olympic women's curling round robin.

"That was by far our best game," Canadian second Glennys Bakker said. "Now it feels like we're building."

Not only did Shannon Kleibrink's girls manage to get out of bed but they also managed to get out of immediate danger of becoming the first Canadian team to miss winning a medal or even missing the medal round in curling at the Olympic Winter Games.

"We had brunch together at 11 a.m. - three hours before the game. We weren't going to let that happen again," she said of Keshen taking an afternoon nap and everybody leaving their apartment without knowing she was back there still sleeping. Keshen missed the first end of the game against Norway.

"I felt like a mom who lost her kid at the mall," said Kleibrink of not knowing where one of her curlers had gone.

The entire Calgary rink was up and at 'em to knock off the defending Olympic champion Great Britain 9-3 to end the day here yesterday at 4-2 and now are at least partially out of the glue.

With Rhona Martin, the British skip receiving a lot of international ink for losing all her money and her husband and now being on welfare, the Canadians didn't give her much sympathy on the ice.

With Denmark, Italy and Japan remaining on their round- robin dance card and in a four-way tie with Norway, Switzerland and the British rink with two losses each behind Sweden's 5-1, the Canadians can put away a medal round playoff position today.

"We're 4-2 now and it's nice to feel we control our own destiny," Kleibrink said.

"We don't know the teams here.

"We don't know if we've played the tough ones or not."

Denmark, Japan and Italy have four wins and 10 losses in total.