Date of Birth:  October 31, 1986
 Place of Birth: Sydney, Australia
 Residence: Canmore, AB
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A rookie on the World Cup circuit in 2005-06, alpine skier Shona Rubens was supposed to use this season to learn the ropes. Instead, the downhill specialist has picked up a pair of Top-20 results in just six career World Cup events, earning her a berth on the Canadian Alpine team headed to Turin.

Showing a maturity beyond her years, Rubens skied to a 15th-place finish in her first downhill race on tour (Lake Louise, AB). She secured her Olympic spot with an 18th-place result at a downhill race in St. Moritz, Switzerland, later in the season.

Rubens' quick success shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, though. After all, she did place sixth in the downhill at the World Junior Championships in 2005. Also, prior to that strong showing, Rubens acquired a good dosage of experience racing on the Nor-Am Cup circuit, where she notched a second-place finish in 2004.

Fortunately, Rubens is making the trip to Italy in one piece. Earlier this season, while training in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria, she crashed when a pole from the hill's protective netting came free and slid in front of her. She hurt her arm in the fall, but proved her toughness by continuing to soldier on despite the pain.

Not considered a threat to medal in Turin, Rubens should nonetheless gain valuable experience that will serve her well in four years when the Games come to Vancouver.

2006 Alpineskiing Coverage