Scott, Barbara Ann (1929–)

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Scott, Barbara Ann (1929–)

Canadian figure skater and equestrian. Name variations: Barbara Ann Scott King. Born May 9, 1929, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; dau. of Clyde Scott (military secretary to Canada's Minister of Defense) and Mary Scott; m. Tommy King (press agent), Sept 17, 1953.

Began skating at 6; was Canadian Junior Ladies' champion (1939), Canadian Senior Women's champion (1944–48), North American champion (1945–48), European and World champion (1947–48); at 19, won Figure Skating gold medal at Olympic Games, St. Moritz, Switzerland (Feb 6, 1948); was the 1st Canadian woman to win the Lou Marsh Trophy as best Canadian athlete (1945, 1947, 1948); skated professionally (1949–54); upon retirement, began training horses and was rated among the top equestrians in US. Made an Officer of the Order of Canada (1991); inducted into International Women's Sports Hall of Fame (1997).

See also Cay Moore, She Skated Into Our Hearts (McClelland & Stewart, 1948) and autobiography Skate With Me (Doubleday, 1950); and Women in World History.