Three-time Olympian Beckie Scott retired in 2006, capping nearly two decades of competitive cross-country ski racing as Canada’s most successful cross-country skier and one of the world’s best all-around cross-country racers.
Scott was a trailblazer for nordic sports in Canada from the moment she joined the country’s national program in 1994. During her 11-year career she re-wrote the Canadian record books, winning two Olympic medals – a gold medal in the five-kilometre pursuit race at the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games and a silver medal with teammate Sara Renner in the team sprint event at the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games – as well as 15 World Cup medals, among her other achievements.
Her career accomplishments off the snow are equally impressive. Scott’s pursuit of justice around her 2002 Olympic gold medal was a triumph for athletes’ rights and fair play. She is also a tireless advocate for drug-free sport, and is currently Canada’s representative on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s newly formed Athlete Committee.
During the 2006 Olympic Winter Games, Scott’s peers elected her to the IOC Athletes’ Commission for an eight-year term. She also serves on the board of directors for the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport and the Trans-Canada trail.
Having recently completed an 8-year term with the International Olympic Committee, Beckie Scott remains a tireless advocate for ethical, drug-free sport. Beckie is a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Executive Board, and was recently appointed Chair of the World Anti-doping Agency’s Athlete Committee. She is a frequent presenter and contributor to global conferences and audiences on the issues and challenges around clean, fair sport with integrity.
In addition to her work facilitating a physical and mental wellness program for Aboriginal youth in Alberta, Beckie dabbles in freelance writing and has contributed to the Globe and Mail, and CBC online. She can also be seen as a broadcast analyst for CBC and CTV Sports Winter Olympic Coverage and was recently awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Alberta.