February 11, 2006
Beckie's big day
Vermilion cross-country skier ready to go
TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

TURIN, Italy -- Will Beckie Scott lead the way for a first big day at Torino 2006?

The cross-country skier from Vermilion, Alberta, who won a bronze which was upgraded to a silver and then to a gold at Salt Lake 2002, is first up on what has the potential to be a Super Sunday for Canada at the 20th Olympic Winter Games.

Scott and Sara Renner of Canmore, Alberta, compete in the morning in the pursuit at Pragelato, a village 80 kilometres from Turin.

The day also features Winnipeg speed skaters Cindy Klassen and Clara Hughes in the women's 3,000, Mathieu Turcotte of Sherbrooke, Que., and Charles Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, Que., in the men's 1,500m short track and Justin Lamoureux of Georgeville, Que., in the men's half-pipe at snowboarding.

"I'm excited. I'm ready to go and get racing,'' said Scott yesterday as she prepared to sit in front of a television and watch the opening ceremonies at a private residence where the team is staying on the course.

"It's an ideal situation for us,'' said Scott.

"We have private accommodation along the trails. We even brought our own cook.

"The team is really relaxed and feeling great. The atmosphere is super at our venue and the course is now in great shape.''

When the cross-country skiers first arrived at the course, where snow had been hauled in by workers, there were complaints about the number of cigarette butts on the course.

Apparently they've all been removed and everybody is happy.

Scott was the first North American to win a medal, much less a gold, in the pursuit at Salt Lake. On the day she finished third, but the two Russians who finished ahead of her tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

A dedicated athlete for drug-free sport, Scott is currently Canada's representative on the World Anti-Doping Agency's Athlete Committee.

If she was to finish behind two competitors in the event this time, they'd be a Norwegian and a Czech.

"The top competitors are Marit Bjoergen of Norway and Katarina Neumannova of the Czech Reupublic. Julija Tchepalova of Russia is also ranked up there,'' she said.

"They will be our biggest challenge. I'm looking forward to it regardless of the outcome,'' said Scott.

"My training has been absolutely perfect. It's been great all week. I'm feeling really loose and confident. I'm ready to race.''







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