Scott Russell

Scott Russell has worked for the CBC for more than 30 years and covered 14 editions of the Olympics. He is a winner of the Gemini Award, Canadian Screen Award and CBC President's Award. Scott is the host of Olympic Games Prime Time and the co-Host with Andi Petrillo of Road to the Olympic Games. He is also the author of three books: The Rink, Ice-Time and Open House."

Latest from Scott Russell

Calgary Stampede

You know that saying? Well, this is my 1st rodeo

CBC's Scott Russell attended his first-ever Calgary Stampede this year, and the experience didn't disappoint. He talks about the atmosphere, the rodeo lifestyle, and, being someone who didn't grow up in this world, how he fit in.

Winds of change have begun to blow across Spruce Meadows

For Canadian horse sport, namely show jumping, times are changing. As Scott Russell writes, with the retirement from international competition of Ian Millar and the formidable situation Eric Lamaze is confronting, the long standing foundation of Canadian show jumping has been somewhat shaken.

The eclectic and impressive Canada Sports Hall of Fame class of 2019

Canada's Sports Hall of Fame is a cacophony of athletic prowess. It amounts to a remarkable, but too-infrequently visited museum which pays tribute to a significant chapter of the national narrative. As Scott Russell writes, there is so much gathered here under one roof, in this one place, and the sights and sounds speak to the mosaic of a country which embraces not just a single sport but every sport under the sun.

Kaetlyn Osmond: A rare champion bids farewell

With Kaetlyn Osmond’s retirement, an era which could arguably be referred to as the “Golden Age” of Canadian skating has passed. A precious handful of Canadians have reached the pinnacle of women’s international skating, and Osmond is part of that elite group.

A champion's last call as Kerrin Lee-Gartner prepares to sign off

Following this weekend's World Cup finals in the Pyrenees of Andorra, Kerrin Lee-Gartner will step away from her broadcast career after 25 years of translating the majesty of the alpine world to so many fans across the country and around the globe.  

Women in sport: Great strides have been made, but it's far from a level playing field

When it comes to gender equity in sport, we may be on the right path, but Olympic champion athletes tell Scott Russell there is no shortage of obstacles: many young women drop out of sports too early; there's a stigma that strong, muscular and sporty women are not 'feminine'; and women are under-represented in sports leadership roles.

End of an era: Lindsey Vonn, Aksel Lund Svindal ski into the sunset

This weekend, Lindsey Vonn and Aksel Lund Svindal will burst out of the start gate and barrel down the mountain for the final time at the world championships in Are, Sweden. One is a star-spangled, American, superstar. The other has embraced the persona of an attacking Viking. Together they have changed the sport of alpine skiing forever.

Canada's long history with Commonwealth Games in danger of being over

Canada has been synonymous with the Commonwealth Games since the event was launched in Hamilton, Ont., in 1930. But Commonwealth Games Canada now needs a fundraising drive to ensure the country’s long-term survival in these major multi-sport Games.

The real loser from Calgary's 'No' vote? The Olympic movement

The result of Tuesday's vote not only means Calgary will not host the 2026 Olympics, CBC Sports host Scott Russell writes that it's also an Olympic-sized wake-up call. Not everyone loves the Games, at least not the way they are now. Not even the people of Calgary.

30 years after Calgary '88, will the Olympic legacy be renewed?

The Calgary 1988 Winter Olympic Games consummated a love affair between a community and sport. As CBC Sports host Scott Russell writes, now we'll see if that passion has been inherited by a new generation of Calgarians.

The people's choice: Calgary's Olympic bid survives to face public vote

CBC Sports host Scott Russell believes Calgarians revere their Olympic history and is convinced they want to get the decision right as to whether or not to bid for 2026 Games. Russell says the future of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games - as well as the important place this kind of sport has in our country - depends on it.

Winter is coming, but will the Games return to Calgary?

The road to the next Olympic Winter Games may have Beijing as its ultimate destination, but, as Scott Russell writes, the curtain goes up on the winter sport season with one overarching story dominating the winter sport narrative: Will Calgary take the plunge and bid for the Olympics in 2026?

Spruce Meadows and the thrill of being there

At this time of year, every year, Scott Russell's thoughts turn to Spruce Meadows — the iconic horse park on the outskirts of Calgary where he always feels the magic of covering live sport.

The lasting legend of running icon Steve Prefontaine

To this day, American running legend Steve Prefontaine is revered for his all-out effort style from start to finish, a reputation that earned him a cult-like following in the 1970s. He also earned respect after fighting for athletes' right to a fair share of revenues generated from their performances.

Canada's Sports Hall of Fame celebrates 3 strong women

With gender equality in sport becoming more of a priority in this country, it's fitting that Canada's Sports Hall of Fame is adding three extraordinary, barrier-breaking women as part of its class of 2018, writes Scott Russell.