Beckie Scott

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Beckie Scott
Beckie Scott.jpg
Full nameRebecca Scott
Born (1974-08-01) August 1, 1974 (age 44)
Vegreville, Alberta, Canada
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Ski clubVermilion Nordic Ski Club
World Cup career
Seasons1994–2006
Individual wins4
Indiv. podiums15

Rebecca "Beckie" Scott,[1] MSM (born August 1, 1974) is a Canadian former cross-country skiing athlete. She served as an International Olympic Committee member by virtue of being elected to the IOC Athlete's Commission along with Saku Koivu between 2006 and 2014.[2]

Career[edit]

Beckie Scott during the torch relay for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, July 2012

Scott was born in Vegreville, Alberta, but grew up in Vermilion, Alberta. Supported by her passionately competitive and skiing community activist father Walter Scott, she began cross-country skiing at the age of five. She entered her first competition at age seven, and attended the Junior National Championships in 1988. She went on to win seventeen World Cup medals in sprint, individual, and relay cross-country skiing events.

Scott is a three-time Olympian, participating at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan, the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. Her best placed finish in Nagano was 45th, but Scott won a gold medal in cross-country skiing at the Salt Lake City games. She originally finished third in the five-kilometre pursuit, but she was upgraded to the gold medal when winner Olga Danilova and runner-up Larissa Lazutina were eventually disqualified for using darbepoetin, a performance-enhancing drug. Scott was awarded a silver medal before receiving her gold medal in June 2004, almost 2 and a half years after the Olympics ended. She became the first Canadian and first North American woman to win an Olympic medal in cross-country skiing.

Scott has been honoured with a variety of awards in Canada, and has been inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.

On March 29, 2005, Scott agreed to join the World Anti-Doping Agency's athlete committee.[3]

On February 23, 2006, Scott was elected as an athlete member of the International Olympic Committee along with Finnish ice hockey player Saku Koivu.[4] Scott retired on April 12, 2006, as the most decorated Canadian cross-country skier. 2006 was also her best season, with multiple victories and podiums on the World Cup circuit, to go with her Olympic silver in one of her races in Turin, and she lost out on winning her first World Cup overall season title to the great Marit Bjoergen by the smallest margin.

On May 17, 2006 The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games announced the appointment of Scott to its board of directors.[5]

In September 2012 Scott was appointed to WADA's executive committee.[2] In September 2018, Scott resigned from the WADA compliance and review committee responsible for making a recommendation on whether to end the Russian Anti-Doping Agency's suspension from WADA due to the uncovering of State-sponsored doping in the country, when the panel decided to support RUSADA's reinstatement. In an interview with the BBC the following month, Scott stated that she resigned from the panel as she "fundamentally disagreed" with the decision. She also claimed that she was subjected to "upsetting" comments "designed to denigrate, to belittle... and to bully" at a subsequent meeting of the WADA executive committee where the reinstatement was being voted upon, and called for radical reforms to WADA's structures.[6]

Personal life[edit]

She currently resides in Canmore, Alberta and is a student of English through distance programs from Athabasca University.

She is also known for her work on behalf of UNICEF and Right to Play.

On April 5, 2007 Scott announced that she and her husband, Canadian cross-country ski coach Justin Wadsworth,[7] were expecting their first child in September 2007. Teo (pronounced Tay-o) Jacob Wadsworth was born on September 16.[8] Scott gave birth to a baby girl, Brynn Jasmin Wadsworth, on March 31, 2010.[9]

World Cup results[edit]

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).[10]

Individual podiums[edit]

  • 4 victories
  • 15 podiums
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place
1  2000–01  14 January 2001 United States Soldier Hollow, United States 1.0 km Sprint F World Cup 3rd
2  2001–02  19 December 2001 Italy Asiago, Italy 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup 3rd
3  2002–03  19 December 2002 Austria Linz, Austria 1.0 km Sprint F World Cup 3rd
4 15 February 2003 Italy Asiago, Italy 5 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
5 20 March 2003 Sweden Borlänge, Sweden 1.0 km Sprint F World Cup 3rd
6  2003–04  12 March 2004 Italy Pragelato, Italy 1.0 km Sprint F World Cup 2nd
7  2005–06  10 December 2005 Canada Vernon, Canada 7.5 km + 7.5 km Skiathlon C/F World Cup 2nd
8 11 December 2005 Canada Vernon, Canada 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup 1st
9 15 December 2005 Canada Canmore, Canada 10 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
10 17 December 2005 Canada Canmore, Canada 15 km Mass Start C World Cup 1st
11 21 January 2006 Germany Oberstdorf, Germany 7.5 km + 7.5 km Skiathlon C/F World Cup 1st
12 8 March 2006 Sweden Falun, Sweden 5 km + 5 km Skiathlon C/F World Cup 3rd
13 9 March 2006 Norway Drammen, Norway 1.0 km Sprint C World Cup 2nd
14 15 March 2006 China Changchun, China 1.0 km Sprint F World Cup 2nd
15 19 March 2006 Japan Sapporo, Japan 7.5 km + 7.5 km Skiathlon C/F World Cup 1st

Team podiums[edit]

  • 2 podiums – (1 RL, 1 TS)
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place Teammate(s)
1  2000–01  13 January 2001 United States Soldier Hollow, United States 4 x 5 km Relay M World Cup 2nd Renner / Thériault / Fortier
2  2005–06  18 December 2005 Canada Canmore, Canada 6 x 1.2 km Team Sprint C World Cup 2nd Renner

Notable placings[edit]

  • 1998 Olympic World Games (Nagano): 45th combined pursuit
  • 2002 Olympic World Games (Salt Lake City): 1st in the Combined Pursuit
  • 2003 World Championships (Val di Femme, Italy): 4th in Individual Sprint
  • 2005 World Cup (Vernon, BC, Canada): 2nd in the Pursuit without a Break (first World Cup medal finish)
  • 2005 World Cup (Vernon, BC, Canada): 1st in the Sprints (first World Cup first-place finish)
  • 2005 World Cup (Canmore, AB, Canada): 2nd in the 10 km Interval Start
  • 2005 World Cup (Canmore, AB, Canada): 1st in the 15 km Mass Start
  • 2005 World Cup (Canmore, AB, Canada): 2nd Team Sprint with Sara Renner
  • 2005 World Championships (Oberstdorf, Germany): 4th in Double Pursuit
  • 2006 Olympic Winter Games (Turin): 2nd in the Team Sprint with Sara Renner, 4th Individual Sprint.
  • 2006 World Cup Points (Season): 2nd overall

References[edit]

  1. ^ IOC member profile
  2. ^ a b Christie, James (8 May 2018). "Becky Scott joins top level of WADA". theglobeandmail.com. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2005-04-04. Retrieved 2005-03-31.
  4. ^ ESPN - Beckie Scott, Saku Koivu elected to IOC - Olympics
  5. ^ Cross Country Canada - Vancouver 2010 welcomes Olympian Beckie Scott to the Board of Directors Archived 2007-03-12 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Roan, Dan (12 October 2018). "Wada: Anti-doping campaigner Beckie Scott says officials tried 'to bully' her". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  7. ^ Maki, Allan (April 16, 2010). "Four-time U.S. champion to head Canadian ski team". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-27. Retrieved 2010-04-05.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-04-05. Retrieved 2010-04-05.
  10. ^ "Athlete : SCOTT Beckie". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 28 January 2018.

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