Shannon Kleibrink prevailed 9-8 over Denmark in a tense round-robin finale at Pinerolo. (CP Photo/Andrew Vaughan)
Last Updated: Tue Feb 21 02:20:58 EST 2006
Canada’s Shannon Kleibrink used a patchwork rink to reach the playoffs in women’s curling at the Torino Olympic Winter Games.
Kleibrink, who curls out of Calgary, needed a clutch shot on last rock in the 10th end to get past Dorthe Holm of Denmark 9-8 and clinch the final berth in the medal round at Pinerolo, located 50 kilometres from Turin.
Canada completed the round-robin in fourth place at 6-3 and will face Switzerland in Wednesday’s semifinals (8 a.m. EST).
“We’re going to have to be a lot better than we were out here tonight,” Kleibrink told CBC Sports. “It was a bit messy out there so we’re gonna go practising tomorrow and come out firing on Wednesday.”
Sweden meets Norway in the other semi.
Amy Nixon’s nagging stomach virus forced Canada to juggle its lineup on Monday, moving Glenys Bakker from second to third and inserting alternate Sandra Jenkins as second.
Denmark grabbed a 2-0 lead in the opening end, but Kleibrink capitalized on a couple of key misses by Holm to earn three on a free draw in the second.
Holm responded in kind in the third but Kleibrink answered right back, drawing to the back of the four-foot for three to lead 6-5 through four.
Kleibrink split the rings in the sixth and stole one when Holm’s final delivery hit but rolled out.
Holm made amends in the seventh, nudging a Canadian rock off the button with a nifty double-raise to score one and trail 7-6.
Canada’s sweepers then brushed Kleibrink’s soft draw far enough to earn a single point in the eighth, but Holm replied with a deuce on an open draw to tie it 8-8 through nine.
with files from CP Online
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