Barbara Ann Scott

 

Studio portrait of Barbara Ann Scott: 1948 Olympic gold medalist in figure skating.

Title/Description: Studio portrait of Barbara Ann Scott: 1948 Olympic gold medalist in figure skating. Scott posing in costume on the ice.
Photographer
: Unknown.
Date
: April 1946.
Credit
: Andrews-Newton Photographers Fonds / City of Ottawa Archives / MG393-AN-P-000156-001.
Copyright
: City of Ottawa Archives.

At a time when most pre-teens were discovering makeup, 11-year-old Barbara Ann Scott was skating her way into the history books.

After winning the Junior Ladies’ category at the 1940 National Figure Skating Championships, she advanced to second place in the Senior Ladies’ Category the following year. In 1943, she made history by becoming “the first woman to land a double Lutz in competition” (Woods 83).

Scott’s success in competition was remarkable. She won the Canadian Championships from 1944 until 1948, the North American Championships from 1945 to 1948, the European Championships in 1947 and 1948, and the World Championships in 1947 and 1948. She capped off her wins in 1948 with a gold medal at the Olympics held in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

On March 7, 1947, the City of Ottawa gave Scott, who trained in Ottawa, a convertible and held a victory parade to celebrate her victory at the 1947 World Championships. Soon after, Olympic officials cautioned her that keeping the car would jeopardize her amateur athlete status. She returned the car and went on to compete in the 1948 Winter Olympics.

After Scott won gold at the Olympics, the City returned the car to her and held another parade and civic reception. Scott was also awarded the Key to the City in a ceremony attended by 30,000 people.

Olympic champion Barbara Ann Scott practicing routine on the ice in costume.

Title/Description: Olympic champion Barbara Ann Scott practicing routine on the ice in costume.
Photographer
: Bill Newton.
Date
: December 1,1948.
Credit
: Andrews-Newton Photographers Fonds / City of Ottawa Archives / MG393-AN-009595-023.
Copyright
: City of Ottawa Archives.