February 24, 2006
Beckie's on board
Scott named to IOC commission
TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

TURIN -- Beckie Scott received a new set of Olympic credentials yesterday.

"I have a car coming to get me," she said. "I don't have to ride the shuttle bus now."

The Vermilion skier left Canada House here last night with a set of International Olympic Committee credentials after being one of two Olympians elected to the IOC Athletes Commission.

Four years ago in Salt Lake, Scott won a bronze which turned into a silver and finally into a gold because of positive drug tests and yesterday her highly visible role involving anti-doping in sport won a position on the IOC for the next eight years.

SILVER MEDALLIST

The 33-year-old, who won a silver medal at these Olympics with Sara Renner, has been Canada's representative on the World Anti-Doping Agency's athletes committee.

"It's fantastic news," she said two hours after the vote was announced, indicating she received the highest number of votes of the 15 candidates - 449.

Finland hockey player Saku Koivu of the Montreal Canadiens received 412 and was the other athlete named to the IOC.

"It made my day and my Olympics as a whole," she said. "It's one of the greatest honours you can receive. I'm elated."

She said it also delivers the message from the 78.2% of Games athletes who voted, that they want a drug-free Olympics.

"I think the vote illustrated that the athletes want a clean, fair sport.

"I think it's a testimonial to what I've believed all along. I had a chance to think about that on the drive here," she said of the trip down from the athletes village in the mountains. "The majority of athletes want clean, fair and level completion.

"That's what I stand for and I think that's why they voted for me. I think this vote tells the world that the vast majority of the athletes want that."

Ironically she joined Richard Pound as the only Canadians on the IOC.

FACED FORMIDABLE FOES

Scott, in Salt Lake, said she believed the two Russians on the podium with her in the cross-country skiing pursuit events weren't clean and suggested there was an unbelievably high percentage of drug cheats in her sport. Pound said publicly she was guilty of gross exaggeration.

"There is no bad blood between us," she said.

She stood up to Pound and she says she'll stand up to the other IOC members.

"I guess that remains to be seen but I'd say yes. I have gone up against formidable people before."

She said it's a glorious chance to put back what she's been able to get out of sport.

"Sport has been a part of my entire life and as my career is winding down, the timing is perfect. I have made an effort to get involved and active.

"I'm not making any announcements regarding the future of my career. But this is a great segue into the future."







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