| Date of Birth:
August 1, 1974
Place of Birth: Vegreville, AB
Residence: Panorama, BC / Bend, Oregon
Years on National Team:
Weight: 141 lbs
Canadian cross-country star Beckie Scott is hoping things will be less complicated for her at the 2006 Games than they were four years ago in Salt Lake City. During the 5 km pursuit race in 2002, Scott originally finished in third place behind Russian skiers Olga Danilova and Larissa Lazutina. However, later in those Olympics, both of the Russians would end up failing drug tests and Scott would see her medal change, first to silver, then finally to gold. Amazingly, it would take until 2004 for her to actually receive the new medal.
Since then, Scott has campaigned tirelessly for the federations that oversee cross-country racing to clean up their sport by rooting out the cheaters. Her work in this regard has landed her a position on the World Anti-Doping Agency's Athlete Committee. It's also one of the main reasons she is one of two Canadian nominees for a spot on the prestigious International Olympic Committee's Athlete Commission. That vote will take place during the Turin Games.
Despite being a defending Olympic champion, it wasn't until the past year that Scott has truly become one of the world's dominant skiers. In a series of races contested in western Canada early in the 2005-06 season, she picked up the first four medals of her World Cup career in individual races, claiming both gold and silver twice each. Add that to the silver medal she won with teammate Sara Renner in a sprint relay at Canmore last December and it's obvious Scott arrives at her third consecutive Olympics on a major roll.
February 24: Beckie's on board
February 23: Out of nowhere!
February 17: Slidin' away
February 17: Bad day for Beckie
February 15: Thank you, Norway!
February 15: Welcome to big stage
February 15: Medal worth a million to Vermilion
February 14: Silver sprint for Scott, Renner
February 12: Scott loses gold
February 11: Beckie's big day
February 9: SUN Prediction: Gold Medal
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