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Olympic champion, anti-doping advocate Beckie Scott receives Order of Canada

Olympic champion Beckie Scott has received the Order of Canada for her contributions to the fight against doping.

Cross-country skier acts as chair of WADA's athlete committee

Canadian cross-country skier Beckie Scott displays her gold medal she was awarded at a ceremony in Vancouver in 2004. Scott is among the 103 newest appointments to the Order of Canada, the cornerstone of the Canadian honours system whose ranks are now closing in on 7,000 members. (Chris Bolin/The Canadian Press)

Olympic champion Beckie Scott has received the Order of Canada for her contributions to the fight against doping.

The 2002 Olympic champion in cross-country skiing received the honour on Thursday.

Scott received her gold medal after two Russians ahead of her were disqualified for doping. She's the chair of the athletes' committee on the World Anti-Doping Agency. Over the past year, she has encountered criticism for her unwillingness to go along with WADA's decision to bring Russia back into compliance after a doping scandal tainted the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The 44-year-old Scott has worked on developing a Charter of Athlete Rights for WADA.

She was on the board of the organizing committee for the 2010 Vancouver Games. Scott also runs a foundation that uses sports to help indigenous youth near her home in Alberta.

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