|Full name||Rebecca Scott|
1 August 1974 |
Vegreville, Alberta, Canada
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Ski club||Vermilion Nordic Ski Club|
|World Cup career|
Rebecca "Beckie" Scott, MSM (born August 1, 1974) is a Canadian former cross-country skiing athlete and as of February 23, 2006, an International Olympic Committee member by virtue of being elected to the IOC Athlete's Commission along with Saku Koivu.
Scott was born in Vegreville, Alberta, but grew up in Vermilion, Alberta. Supported by her passionatly 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 February 23, 2006, Scott was elected as an athlete member of the International Olympic Committee along with Finnish ice hockey player Saku Koivu. 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.
On April 5, 2007 Scott announced that she and her husband, Canadian cross-country ski coach Justin Wadsworth, were expecting their first child in September 2007. Teo (pronounced Tay-o) Jacob Wadsworth was born on September 16. Scott gave birth to a baby girl, Brynn Jasmin Wadsworth, on March 31, 2010.
- 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
- IOC member profile
- ESPN - Beckie Scott, Saku Koivu elected to IOC - Olympics
- Cross Country Canada - Vancouver 2010 welcomes Olympian Beckie Scott to the Board of Directors
- Maki, Allan (April 16, 2010). "Four-time U.S. champion to head Canadian ski team". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
- Beckie's Home Page
- Canoe Bio
- Beckie Scott at the International Ski Federation
- Canadian Olympic Committee Bio
- Cross Country Canada – Canada's Cross Country Ski Program
- CBC Athlete Bio
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