Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by Judy, Oct 1, 2012.
What a wonderful tribute from PJ Kwong.
Rest in peace, Barbara Ann Scott.
What a legend. My condolences to her family.
Indeed...that's one reason why manleywomen's podcasts are so important,
Thanks for this. Some days I feel like nobody is listening. She is the first person of all the interviews I've done to have passed away. So right now I'm feeling very grateful that I'm doing what I'm doing to help preserve their voices and stories.
I really hope everyone can listen to this one since she really was wonderful.
RIP Barbara Ann Scott...thanks for the wonderful memories.
such a beauty on and off the ice. What a sad day for skating and Canada. RIP
I'm listening to it right now.
Lucky you for having met her!
I've listened to many of the podcasts and really enjoy them, thanks!
That Barbara Ann Scott interview was enlightening and at times a hoot. A very elegant lady with a wonderful sense of humor.
Thanks for sharing all the articles. Thanks for the podcasts, manleywoman. Just read an article from one of my rss feeds on my homepage.
She was such a beautiful lady and skater. She will be missed. RIP, (((Barbara))).
Here's some of the best Olympic footage we have - thanks to floskate:
Dick Button and Barbara Ann Scott 1948
Barbara Ann Scott opens her gallery - Ottawa City Hall - Aug. 2012
I wanted to throw this one of BAS in for brevity.
Barbara Ann Scott on What's My Line
manleywoman, I'm continuing to support the podcast.
I hope that others will be able to do the same.
I'm grateful for the effort and care that make them so special.
I just loved the videos. The gallery was amazing, and I didn't realize that Barbara was on What's My Line.
Barbara Ann Scott is the first skater I remember. It was an ice show at Madison Square Garden shortly before she retired. Hollywood Ice Review maybe? She was brought out on the ice in a cage.
My greatest memory of Barbara Ann was at the airport after Vancouver worlds in 2001. It was about 5am and she and her husband strode into the international terminal immaculately dressed with a red suede suit and cap with a cape around her shoulders. Worlds in London will not be the same without her.
For those with access to CBC, on tonight's "National" there will be a special item on Barbara Ann. It's being promoted in the early evening network shows.
In 1949 Barbra Ann performed at a skating show in St Andrews NB. In appreciation the province her a china tea set that had only been used for the Royal Visit of King George and Queen Elizabeth in 1939.
A few years ago, she donated it back to the province, and CBC interviewed her. They replayed the interview today. She will be missed.
That video was amazing. Definitely added it to my favorites on youtube. Thanks for the link.
A tribute from Don Jackson: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/friend+true+lady+wonderful+ambassador/7328193/story.html#ixzz286SXHmfB
All Mom knew was that one of the Rankin girls had died, but not who. I had the great good fortune to see The Rankin Family in Concert in the Fall of 93 and to meet Barbara Ann at 06 Canadians. Both were unforgettable moments.
As I cherish my personally signed photo of her from her Homecoming Parade after winning Olympic Gold she gave me in Ottawa.
What a sad day for Canadian Figure Skating, as we not only lost a Legend and a Classy Lady, but the skater who really did start the great tradition of Canadian Figure Skaters shining on the World Stage. She truly was a trailblazer.
I was the last person to meet her that day at the Civic Arena and when I first tried to talk to her, just who I was meeting hit me hard and I literally stumbled over my first sentence I said to her. I took a deep breath, started again and apologized for sounding like an idiot. Barbara Ann simply took my hand in hers and said, "It's alright my dear, we all do it at times when talking to someone."
As others have said, she made you feel like you were the only one in the room w/her and it didn't matter what the schedule was or if she was running late, if she was talking to you, then she was going to take all the time in the World to talk to you. There aren't too many people like that these days sadly.
Godspeed Lovely Lady. Namarie Tari o Helce.
(Farewell Queen of Ice)
That was wonderful.
Another great article:
My mom owned a bike that her parents had sold .. from way back when they would have been little girls. I always teased my mom that the bike would have been worth a small fortune if she had held onto it.
I am sending this by cut and paste as I think you need a paid subscription to read it:
Barbara Ann Scott, Canadian Figure Skater, Dies at 84
By RICHARD GOLDSTEIN
Published: October 1, 2012
Barbara Ann Scott, who became a Canadian heroine at 19 when she won figure skating gold at the 1948 Winter Olympics, succeeding Norways Sonja Henie as the premier womens skater in a sport Europeans had dominated for decades, died on Sunday at her home on Amelia Island, Fla. She was 84.
The Canadian Press, via Associated Press
Barbara Ann Scott practicing in St. Moritz, Switzerland in 1948.
Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press, via Associated Press
Barbara Ann Scott in 2006.
Her husband, Tom King, confirmed her death.
Growing up in Ottawa, Scott idolized Henie, the womens singles champion at the last three Olympics before World War II. Emerging as a champion in her own right, Scott was hailed as Canadas sweetheart when she put her country on the international sports map, prompting a toy company to create a Barbara Ann Scott doll. It became a cherished gift for a generation of Canadian girls.
Scott was the first North American to capture the world and European championships. She won both in 1947, and again the next year.
Her most spectacular triumph came at the 1948 St. Moritz Winter Games in Switzerland, where she became the first, and only, Canadian to win an Olympic championship in figure skating singles, triumphing on an outdoor rink rutted from hockey games. She was also a multiple North American and Canadian national champion.
The former Canadian prime minister Mackenzie King, who died in 1950, said Scott gave Canadians courage to get through the darkness of the postwar gloom.
And she charmed with her youthful glamour. Life magazine, reporting on her 1947 world championship victory in Stockholm, called her a shy, blue-eyed Canadian beauty who was undeniably lovely in face and form.
When Scott returned to Ottawa, her hometown, after her world and European figure skating triumphs in 1947, tens of thousands greeted her, and the mayor presented her with a yellow convertible on behalf of the city, the license plate reading 47-U-1 (for 1947, You Won).
Scott gave the car back when Avery Brundage, the head of the United States Olympic Committee, questioned whether her acceptance of it might jeopardize her amateur status and make her ineligible for Olympic competition. But the car was returned to her after she won Olympic gold in 1948 and decided to turn professional. It was repainted blue with the license plate updated to 48-U-1.
Scott usually dominated the compulsories, the tracing of figure-eight variations, which accounted for 60 percent of the scoring in her era, but she deftly executed spins and leaps as well. At 13, she became the first female skater to complete a double lutz in competition.
She was delicate, precise, exact, meticulous simply perfect, said the American skater Dick Button, who won the mens singles in St. Moritz, joining with Scott to herald the international emergence of North American skaters.
Button, who won again at the 1952 Winter Games but is known today more for his televised skating commentary, told Sports Illustrated in 1988 that in her St. Moritz gold medal performance, Scott did everything right, and there was nobody to challenge her who was better in one particular area, either compulsory figure or free skating.
In reflecting on the exactness of her compulsories, Scott said: I like everything to be neat and tidy and symmetrical. I tried to get as near perfect a circle as possible.
Scott was named Canadas athlete of the year for 1945 and again for 1947 and 1948. After her Olympic triumph, she embarked on a pro ice-show career, appearing at Christmastime in 1948 at the Roxy theater in Manhattan. She went on to tour with several companies.
With one, the Hollywood Ice Revue, she made her entrance at Madison Square Garden in 1955 in an evening wrap made of 546 white foxtails, 85 dyed gray and 375 blue, Life magazine reported, lauding her fresh-faced teenage aura. The wrap rendered her exhausted and nearly immobilized, Life said, before she shed it to begin her routine.
She continued to perform until her marriage in 1955 to Mr. King, the press agent for the Hollywood Ice Revue, in which she succeeded Henie as the featured attraction. They settled in Chicago, where Kings business interests were based, but she was hardly forgotten in Canada.
Even though I was a male skater, she was the one person I looked up to, Donald Jackson of Canada, the 1962 mens world figure skating champion and 1960 Olympic bronze medalist, told The Ottawa Citizen in 1999. Barbara Ann Scott was the one big idol that we skaters knew, that everyone knew.
Barbara Ann Scott was born on May 9, 1928, in Ottawa, the daughter of Clyde Scott, an army colonel. She began skating at an Ottawa club when she was 6 and won the Canadian junior championship at 11. When she was 12, her father died, and friends and other Ottawa residents raised money to send her to competitions. She captured the first of her four Canadian national senior titles at 15.
After her pro career ended, Scott trained and rode show horses, owned a beauty salon and did charitable work. In their later years, she and Mr. King lived in Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, in northeast Florida.
Scott carried the Olympic torch before the 1988 Calgary Games. She bore a torch again, this time into Canadas House of Commons, preceding the 2010 Vancouver Games, where she was among the Canadian flag-bearers. She donated much of her memorabilia, including her Olympic gold medal, to the city of Ottawa in 2011.
On the 60th anniversary of her Olympic victory, she spoke of the moment she received that gold medal.
It was a blinding snowstorm, Steve Milton quoted her saying in Figure Skatings Greatest Stars (2009). Ill never forget seeing the flag go up with the snow falling and hearing O Canada so far away from home.
Thank you so much for the obit.
I love this quote.
Famously, Barbara is the only woman from outside Europe to win the European Championships, which she did in both 1947 and 1948. This video features her winning the 1947 European Championships:-
After the 1948 European Championships (in which not only did Barbara win the Ladies event, but Dick Button the Men's competition as well), non-Europeans were banned from competing in the Championships!
I believe the Times article MIGHT be incorrect in saying she was the first female to complete a double lutz in competition. I have read that Alena Vrzáňová of Czechoslovakia was the first woman credited with a double lutz, performed at the 1949 World Championships.
According to more than one article on Barbara Ann, she landed the double lutz in competiton in 1942 at the age of 13! The same information is in the Wikipedia article on her at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Ann_Scott
Not certain, but it could be that it was Barbara Ann Scott who had the first double lutz in a figure skating competition, and Alena Vrzáňová who had the first ratified 2Lz in an ISU competition? (Noting that due to WWII no ISU Euros or Worlds comps were held from 1940 through 1946 seasons.)