Olympic Medalist Barbara Ann Passes Away

The only Canadian who has the Olympic women’s figure skating gold medal, Barbara Ann Scott, recently passed away on Sunday morning at the age of 84. She was living at her home in Amelia Island, Fla. with her husband Tom King at the time of her death.

The Barbara Ann Scott Doll came to fame after she won a gold medal at the 1948 Winter Games at St. Moritz, Switzerland. She was victorious in various Olympic events including the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s top athlete in 1945, 1947 and 1948. She was acknowledged in the Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1955, while in 1991 she was credited by the Canadian Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

Born in Ottawa in 1928, she began skating since the age of seven at the Minto Club. It was only till the age of 25, when she gave up practical Olympic practice and married King in 1955. Both decided to settle down in Chicago. After her marriage to King, she was renamed as Mrs. Thomas Van Dyke King, but was often only called Barbara Ann.

Scott was the honorary chair of the 2006 world championships in Calgary. She had indeed become a true role model for young Canadian women in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Later even in 2009, she had the honor of carrying the Olympic torch into the House of Commons while it proceeded to Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Games.

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