Barbara Ann Scott | Olympic figure skater, 84

Barbara Ann Scott
Barbara Ann Scott
Posted: October 06, 2012

Barbara Ann Scott, who became a Canadian heroine at age 19 when she won figure-skating gold at the 1948 Winter Olympics, succeeding Norway's Sonja Henie as the premier women's skater in a sport Europeans had dominated for decades, died Sunday at her home on Amelia Island, Fla.

Growing up in Ottawa, Ms. Scott idolized Henie, the champion at the last three Olympics before World War II. Emerging as a champion in her own right at the Games in St. Moritz, Switzerland, Ms. Scott was hailed as Canada's sweetheart when she put her country on the international sports map. A toy company created a Barbara Ann Scott doll that became a cherished gift for a generation of Canadian girls.

Ms. Scott was the first North American to capture the world and European championships. She won both in 1947, and again the next year.

In 1988, she carried the Olympic torch in the run-up to the Winter Games in Calgary. Years later, she bore a torch again, this time into Canada's House of Commons, preceding the 2010 Games in Vancouver, where she was among the Canadian flag-bearers. - N.Y. Times News Service

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