Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Silver win despite broken ski pole!

From TSN:

Beckie Scott of Vermilion, Alta., and Sara Renner of Canmore, Alta., went out in style, winning the silver medal in the inaugural women's cross-country team sprint at the Olympic Games on Tuesday. It was an emotional finish for Scott, who says she'll probably retire at the end of the World Cup season.

A great day for Becky Scott who came in 6th just the other day, despite being a medal favourite (though, this is cross-country skiing we're talking about... it's such a gruelling race, I think any top ten finish is one to be proud of, even if you're a medal contender!) .

Even more impressive (still TSN):

Renner broke a pole in the second lap, that dropped her from the lead to fourth place, 2.4 seconds behind the leader. Scott put them back in the lead on the ensuing lap and they raced among the leaders the rest of the way.
"I didn't panic and before I knew it a Norwegian (coach) had given me a pole," said Renner. "It's not the best thing to happen but at the same time you can't give up."

Not surprising at the Olympics, but great to see another team's coach was right there with a pole for Sara!

Great job ladies!

3 down, 22 to go.

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unknown said...

Scott has been honoured with a variety of awards in Canada, and has been inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.

She currently resides in Canmore, Alberta and is a student of English through distance programs from Athabasca University.

She is also known for her work on behalf of UNICEF and Right to Play.

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unknown said...

With Beckie Scott, she won the silver medal in the team sprint event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin and earned her best individual finish of 8th in the 10 km classical event in those same games. She was born in Golden, British Columbia.

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