Barbara Ann Scott, a legendary Canadian figure skater, has died. She was 82 years old, reports the Ottawa Citizen.
Scott rose to glory in 1948. She has won numerous titles, competing at national, continental, and world figure skating championships. 1948 is also the year that she captured the heart of Canada, bringing home the Olympic gold for her sport.
Close friend Pat McAdams spoke fondly of Scott. McAdams has written extensively about his friend and noted that he and his wife would often receive her at the airport. According to McAdams, Scott was a “quiet” and “unassuming” philanthropist who founded an organization dedicated to assisting other figure skaters.
McAdams also stated that he wrote about Scott often because she had never received the attention he felt she deserved.
“I kept her name alive because she never received the honours and accolades that should have come her way,” he said.
Scott was asked in recent years to carry the Olympic torch into the parliament building, a great honor, McAdams noted.
Barbara Ann Scott passed away in San Fernandina, Florida, on Sunday, September 30, 2012.