Date of Birth:  January 21, 1983
 Place of Birth: Kapuskasing, ON
 Residence: Chilliwack, BC
 Years on National Team:
 6
 Height:  5'8"
 Weight: 145 lbs.

Alpine skier Kelly Vanderbeek achieved her goal of making the Olympic team in 2006, and now she has become a viable threat for a top-finish in Turin.

In fact, he comes off an extremely strong run in the World Cup during the 2005-06 season, where she finished sixth in the super-G at Val d'Isere, France, and was also the top Canadian in the downhill event at the Austrian World Cup at Bad Kleinkirchheim, where she finshed 17th.

Prior to this season, Vanderbeek had a total of seven Top-20 finishes to her credit, and qualified for her first World Cup Final last year. She also narrowly missed the podium at the Canadian Championships in 2005, with a fourth-place result in the super-G.

Previously, she has enjoyed success on the Nor-Am Cup circuit, earning gold in the super-G and downhill events in Aspen in 2002. She followed that with another double-gold performance in Montana in 2004.

Known as "Beeker" by her teammates, Vanderbeek has a unique superstition: She shaves her legs prior to each race. Away from the slopes she enjoys the artistic pursuits of drawing, photography and music.

Vanderbeek will look to continue the strong momentum of her current World Cup season into Turin, and is poised to breakthrough and establish herself as one of Canada's premier female skiers at the 2006 Games.


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