The Lou Marsh Legacy - Honouring Canada's Top Athletes

Barbara Ann Scott

Figure Skating

1948


Barbara Ann Scott wearing an elaborate skating costume

Barbara Ann Scott wearing an elaborate skating costume

Date
1948
Collection
Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

Canada’s first Olympic Ice Queen is Crowned

Barbara Ann Scott’s dreams came true in St. Moritz today. The beautiful blonde 19-year-old Ottawa girl’s twinkling skates carried her to the Olympic ladies figure skating title, the goal she says she coveted more than anything else in the world. Barbara Ann topped her rivals in compulsory figures and was “superb” in free skating. Toronto Daily Star, February 6, 1948

Barbara Ann swept the school figures event, which in those days counted for 60 percent of her score, but when she arrived at the rink where she was to give her free skating performance, she found that it had been ravaged by mild weather and a number of hockey games. Skating competitions in Europe were always held on the rougher ice of outdoor rinks. This had always presented challenges to North American skaters who were used to covered rinks. Before the competition, Barbara Ann and her coach Sheldon Galbraith explored every inch of the ice, taking note of any imperfections and strategically planning her jumps in the best spots. Scott skated once again in that “unlucky 13th” position as she had in her first World Championship win a year earlier. Avoiding the bad ice that had caught other competitor’s off-guard, she gave a brilliant performance, dazzled the judges, and earned Canada’s first Olympic Figure Skating Gold Medal. Barbara went on to defend her World Championship in Davos, Switzerland. Her victories had broken the European monopoly on figure skating.

Scott's unparalleled achievements were cause for celebration across Canada. Upon her return, she was greeted by a crowd of 70,000 people in Ottawa's Confederation Square and presented with a Buick convertible, this time painted in her favourite shade of blue. The Queen of Blades accepted. She resigned her amateur crown and entered the professional ranks.

IT’S BARBARA ANN AGAIN FOR LOU MARSH TROPHY JUDGES ARE UNANIMOUS Adobe PDF Transcript


Highlights

1944 - 1948
National Senior Women's Singles Champion
1945 - 1948
North American Women's Singles Champion
1945, 1947, 1948
Lou Marsh Memorial Award
1946, 1947, 1948
Bobbie Rosenfeld Trophy
1947 - 1948
World Champion, Women's Singles
1948
St. Moritz Olympic Games - gold medal, Women's Singles
1949 - 1954
Professional Ice Show Performer