Hall of Famer

Beckie Scott

Affiliated Discipline(s): Cross-country
Hometown: Vegreville, AB / Vermilion, AB
Induction CSHF: 2010
Induction Category: Cross Country
Beckie Scott und Sara Renner bei der Siegerehrung in Turin 2006. Wikipedia.

Rebecca “Beckie” Scott is a Canadian retired cross-country skier. She is Chair of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Athlete Committee, and served as an International Olympic Committee member by virtue of being elected to the IOC Athlete’s Commission along with Finnish ice hockey player Saku Koivu between 2006 and 2014.

Scott was born in Vegreville, Alberta, but grew up in Vermilion, Alberta. Supported by her parents, 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 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 5 km 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 two 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 is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and has been honoured with a variety of awards in Canada. She has been inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame, and the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Waterloo. She holds honorary Doctorates of Laws from the University of Alberta  and the University of British Columbia. Scott was inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence on October 17, 2019.

On March 29, 2005, Scott agreed to join the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) athlete committee.

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 Bjørgen by the smallest margin.

In September 2012 Scott was appointed to WADA’s executive committee. In September 2018, Scott resigned from the WADA compliance and review committee responsible for making a recommendation to end the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s suspension from WADA.

Biography Source: Wikipedia

Beckie Scott is the first North American to win Olympic gold in cross-country skiing. At the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City, UT, Scott was first awarded the bronze medal in the women’s 10km pursuit. When the two skiers ahead of her were caught doping Scott pursued a two-year process that saw her awarded the silver and then the gold.
Source: Ski Trax / North America’s Nordic Ski Mag

Competitive Career Highlights
Source: Wikipedia

Olympic Games: 2 medals – (1 gold, 1 silver)

 Year  Age  5 km  10 km  15 km  Pursuit  30 km  Sprint  4 × 5 km
1998 21 47 N/A 60 45 51 N/A 16 N/A
2002 25 N/A 4 Gold 5 8 N/A
2006 29 N/A DSQ N/A 6 4 10 Silver

World Championships

 Year  Age  5 km  10 km  15 km  Pursuit  30 km  Sprint  4 × 5 km
1995 20 42 N/A 40 43 N/A N/A
1997 22 24 N/A 25 27 28 N/A 14 N/A
1999 24 36 N/A 53 29 N/A 15 N/A
2001 26 N/A 26 11 CNX[a] 9 6 N/A
2003 28 N/A 8 6 9 4 N/A
2005 30 N/A 13 N/A 4 15 12 10
a. 1 Cancelled due to extremely cold weather.

World Cup / Season standings

 Season  Age
Overall Distance Long Distance Middle Distance Sprint
1994 19 NC N/A N/A N/A N/A
1995 20 NC N/A N/A N/A N/A
1996 21 NC N/A N/A N/A N/A
1997 22 50 N/A 51 N/A 50
1998 23 33 N/A 43 N/A 31
1999 24 44 N/A NC N/A 21
2000 25 15 N/A 21 20 9
2001 26 15 N/A N/A N/A 17
2002 27 22 N/A N/A N/A 10
2003 28 9 N/A N/A N/A 10
2004 29 16 23 N/A N/A 6
2005 30 18 22 N/A N/A 12
2006 31 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) N/A N/A 2nd place, silver medalist(s)

Individual podiums

  • 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: 2 podiums

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


Please Note: The ski information gathered here is compiled from a number of sources; it may not be inclusive of all accomplishments.
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Beckie Scott Ski Hall of Fame Induction

Beckie Scott Canadian Ski Museum Hall of Fame Induction Video, (English)

Beckie Scott Wins Bronze (but Gold) at 2002 Salt Lake City | CBC Sports

Throwing back to Feb. 15, 2002, when cross-country skier Beckie Scott won Canada's first Olympic medal in the sport, a bronze, in the women's 5K pursuit. Two years later, after the first- and second-place Russian skiers were expelled for doping, Scott was awarded her rightful gold medal.

Beckie Scott - "A little bit magical" | Words of Olympians | Olympics

Canada's Beckie Scott describes the euphoria of winning an Olympic medal and being able to share the moment with her friends and family.