A 10-year veteran of the Canadian cross-country ski team, Beckie Scott will be looking to defend her Olympic gold medal performance from Salt Lake City at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin.
The 2002 Olympic Winter Games was Scott's finest hour as an amateur athlete as she placed in the top-10 in each of her four Olympic events en route to becoming the first North American woman to win an Olympic medal in cross-country skiing.
During her time on the international circuit, Scott has re-written the Canadian record books and firmly established herself as one of the world's best cross-country ski racers.
Recently, Scott enjoyed a phenomenal start to her 2005-06 World Cup campaign by winning a gold medal in the sprint event to go along with a silver medal in the team pursuit discipline at a competition in Vernon, B.C.
In 2004-05, Scott turned in another sensational international season, recording six top-10 podium finishes on a condensed World Cup schedule including a season-best result of fifth in the 10-kilometre discipline at an event in Finland.
On the World Championship stage, Scott narrowly missed her first podium finish in the event after finishing fourth in the double pursuit race to go along with a notable sixth-place finish in the team sprint discipline. Scott then concluded the event by recording three top-15 placings in the sprint, 10 kilometre and 30 kilometre races respectively.
Among her most notable achievements, Scott has consistently finished in the top 10 throughout the last five ski seasons while accumulating a total of seven career World Cup podium finishes in the sprint, individual and relay events.
A two-time Olympian (1998, 2002), Scott has become one of the most respected Canadian athletes competing on the international stage - not only by virtue of her athletic accomplishments - but also through her passionate and influential lobbying towards developing a strengthened anti-doping infrastructure.
A member of the World Anti-Doping Agency's Athlete Committee, Scott previously helped to circulate an athletes' petition requesting the establishment of an independent drug-testing body for all World Cup and Olympic competitions.
Throughout her career, Scott has also been recognized for her charitable endeavours as she was named a UNICEF Canada special representative for challenging her fellow athletes at a Continental Cup event in 2001 to donate their prize money to an Afghanistan relief project.
In recognition of her numerous achievements both on and off the snow, Scott is
a two-time (2002-03) recipient of the John Semmelink memorial award as the
snow sport athlete who through sportsmanship, conduct and ability, best represent
Canada in international competition.
Scott has also received the Spirit of Sport Story of the Year award at the Canadian Sport Awards in 2004, and was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame this spring.
As a result of her on and off the course achievements, Scott was selected as Canada's candidate for the prestigious IOC Athletes' Commission. Elections for the IOC Athletes' Commission will be held during the 2006 Olympic Winter Games. The top two athletes receiving the highest number of votes are subsequently elected for an eight-year term.
Apart from competing internationally, Scott is also working towards an English degree from the University of Waterloo by correspondence.