Barbara Ann Scott Biography
Full name: Barbara Ann Scott (-King)
Born: May 9, 1928, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Died: September 30, 2012, in Fernandina Beach, Florida, Us
Affiliations: Minto Skating Club, Ottawa (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Figure Skating
Games: St. Moritz 1948
Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario
Home Province: Ontario
One of Canada’s most famous and sensational figure skating champions of the 20th century was Barbara Ann Scott. Her wonderful performances, girlish beauty, and sparkling personality captured the hearts of fans around the world.
At the age of 11, Scott defeated skaters twice her age to become the youngest junior champion in Canadian history. When she was 15, Scott claimed the Senior Ladies Championship and the next year won the North American Championships.
In 1947, at the age of 18, Scott won the European Championships and was the first Canadian to do so. Several weeks later, she won the world championships, which brought greater international recognition to Canadian skaters.
In 1948, Scott had her most glorious year. She reclaimed her world title and at the Olympic Games, she was first in school figures and gave a dazzling performance on an ice surface that had many imperfections, winning Canada’s first Olympic gold medal in figure skating.
During the sixties, a figure skating dynamo by the name of Petra Burka was making a statement on the ice. In 1962, when she was 15 years old, Petra became Canada’s Junior Ladies Champion and placed fourth at the World’s Championship in Prague.
From 1964 to 1966, Petra was Canada’s reigning Senior Ladies Champion. At the 1964 Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Petra skated a dazzling performance and won the bronze medal.
In 1965, she became a triple crown champion winning the Canadian, North American and World Figure Skating Championships. During the World Championship in Colorado, Petra was the first woman to complete a triple Salchow jump in competition.
Canada’s next figure skating inspiration was a bright and vivacious girl from Vancouver by the name of Karen Magnussen.
She became Junior Champion in 1965 and was Canada’s reigning Senior Champion from 1968 to 1973. During the year of 1971, Karen won the championship crown for the last North American Championships.
At the Olympic Games in Japan in 1972, she captured the hearts of Canadians when she won the silver medal of these games. In 1973, Karen skated a spectacular performance at the World Championships in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia and became the third Canadian woman to be crowned World Figure Skating Champion.
During the 1980s, a petite, bubbly blonde by the name of Liz Manley from Ottawa exhibited grace, speed, and incredible jumping ability on the ice.
In 1979, while still a junior, Liz was the first Canadian woman to land a triple jump combination, a triple Salchow followed by a double loop. In 1981, Liz won the bronze medal in the senior division and for the following years of 1985, 1987 and 1988, she was Canadian Champion.
The highlight of Liz’s skating career came in 1988 at the Calgary Olympics.
Liz had experienced some difficult times during her skating career and no one expected her to be a contender for a medal. She was sitting in third place after her school figures and a short program.
Women’s figure skating
1948 St. Moritz
North American Championships
1945 New York
Orders, Accolades and Medals
- Winter Olympics
- World Championships
- European Championships
- North American Championships
- Canadian Championships
- 1947 Johnny at the Fair (Short film)
- 1948 An Introduction to the Art of Figure Skating (Short film)
- 1949 Beauty and the Blade (Short film)
- 1950 Hollywood Ice Capades premiere (Short film)
- 1955 What’s My Line? (TV series)
- 1956 Happy New Year “Sunday Spectacular” (TV movie)
- 1984 You’ve Come a Long Way, Ladies (TV movie)
- 1997 Queen of the Blades: Life & Times of Barbara Ann Scott (TV series)
- 1999 Reflections on Ice Synopsis (TV series)