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Barbara Ann Scott - 1948 Olympic Figure Skating Champion


Barbara Ann Scott - 1948 Olympic Figure Skating Champion

Barbara Ann Scott - 1948 Olympic Figure Skating Champion

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Canada's First Olympic Figure Skating Champion:

Barbara Ann Scott was the first Canadian to win a gold medal in Olympic figure skating.

Date of Birth:

May 9, 1928

Place of Birth:

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Canada's Sweetheart:

In the 1940s, Barbara Ann Scott was known as "Canada's Sweetheart."

First Double Lutz:

In 1942, thirteen-year-old Barbara Ann Scott, was the first female figure skater to land a double Lutz in competition.

Competition Highlights:

  • 1940 - Canadian Junior National Champion
  • 1942 - First female to land a double Lutz in a competition
  • 1944, 1945, 1946, 1948 - Canadian National Figure Skating Champion
  • 1945 - North American Figure Skating Champion
  • 1947 and 1948 - European and World Figure Skating Champion
  • 1948 - Olympic Figure Skating Champion

Awards and Recognition:

In 1945, 1947, and 1948, Barbara Ann Scott won the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's top athlete of the year. She has been inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame, and the Canadian Figure Skating Hall of Fame. Scott was also made an Officer of the Order of Canada, and was inducted into the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame.

Barbara Ann Scott Ice Skating Doll:

After Scott's Olympic win, a Barbara Ann Scott skating doll was created by Reliable Toys.

After the Olympics:

In 1949, Barbara Ann Scott replaced figure skating legend Sonja Henie in the Hollywood Ice Revue show. She also competed in equestrian events. In 1955, she appeared on the television show "What's My Line." Scott married Thomas King in 1955 and the family moved to the Chicago area. She became a full time wife and mother.

Figure Skating Judge:

Barbara Ann Scott stayed active in ice skating by volunteering her time as a figure skating judge.

Barbara Ann Scott Trivia:

When Barbara Ann Scott won the Olympics, she competed on a slushy and freezing outdoor ice surface in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Scott excelled in compulsory figures.

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