Beckie Scott joins 2010 Olympic board
The 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games will be getting some behind the scenes help from two-time Olympic medallist Beckie Scott.
Scott, who recently retired from a decorated cross-country skiing career, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Vancouver Olympic Games Organizing Committee (VANOC).
Scott, a native of Vermilion, Alta., became eligible to sit on the VANOC board following her appointment as an IOC member in February. She also serves on the board of directors for the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport.
"We look forward to Beckie providing a unique perspective on athlete issues leading up to 2010," Canadian Olympic Committee president Michael Chambers said in a release. "We are confident that her Olympic Winter Games experience, IOC Athletes' Commission voice and unparalleled anti-doping advocacy background will be a great asset to the VANOC board."
Scott debuted with the national cross-country ski team in 1994. She rose to prominence at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games after claiming a bronze medal in the women's pursuit race. It was the first podium finish for a North American female cross-country skier in Olympic history.
That bronze was later upgraded to silver and eventually to gold after the two Russian skiers who beat Scott had their medals stripped due to doping offences.
This past February, the 31-year-old Scott also teamed with fellow Albertan Sara Renner to capture an Olympic silver medal in the team sprint event at the Torino Games.
In order to create a position for Scott's appointment, two-time Olympic gold medallist Catriona Le May Doan has resigned her position on the board.