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Catalog Number 2013.55.146
Object Name Video
Title Barbara Ann Scott
Scope & Content Barbara Ann Scott
1 of 2; 02:20Childhood: father was her hero, encouraged her in all sports, talks about her first test at the Minto Skating Club in Ottawa, not trying hard and being scolded, that was a good lesson; mother knit her skating clothes; also played the piano, calls it good training; completed in competitions at the club; her idol was Sonja Henie; won the Junior Canadians at age 11 and that made her a senior in competition, which meant 8 hours of training a day
05:26Natural athlete: she couldn't wait to get to the rink, the vision of Sonja was always there
05:57About the ice: it could feel soft like velvet and that was good for jumping and spinning; harder for school figures; ice isn't just ice; hockey ice is very hard
07:25Ice can feel warm and alive, ice is almost real, mellow for jumps, ice is part real for a skater
08:24Realizing she was good: she always felt she was not as good as someone else and had to practice harder than they did, wanted to do well, loved it, found school figures fascinating and a true challenge, talks about doing figures in Davos, talks about Sheldon Galbraith
10:08First championship that had a big impact: the only time she felt she free skated well as in 1945 at the North American Championships in New York, felt connected
10:34In 1947 at the World and European championships she felt she did not skate as well as she wanted to, the ice was bad at the 1948 Olympics and was happy just to stand up on their feet, there had been a thaw (like a Calgary Chinook) and the ice had melted from the previous hockey game, Sheldon took her out and they looked for the worst ice to miss
11:29When she skated in 1945 she just went out and it felt right
11:58On her mother: she was very determined, a leader, she and Sheldon were a good pair, happy for her efforts to come out right
12:49Talks about her tutor at the skating club and trying to keep up with her studies during competitions
14:26On her sense of humanity and fairness: she was strictly brought up; always felt inferior and could not be as good or polite as the next person, wanted to please people; today would rather do something for people than have people do something for her; talks about her Gold Order from the COC and being touched that they still cared
15:56On Otto Gold: was her coach, started when she was 10, good school figure teacher, until 1945-46 then he left, Sheldon Galbraith took over, gave her a new free skating programme which she enjoyed, made a great difference, he was great at a competition, know what the competitors and judges were doing
18:16Did her mother approve of what Sheldon was doing: yes, because it was a great improvement
18:28On the shift in the free skate: , occurred as soon as Sheldon arrived at the Minto Club, "he is a special person", very detailed, technical
19:14Had no trouble adapting to his style, had known him before so he was not a complete stranger
20:14On setting goals: never said the goal, always talked about improving her, always want to go to the Olympics and do well, the goals were to make her a better skater and work hard
22:20Focus on work and practice: not focused on the next competition, one step at a time, just wanted to work hard, a lot of ice time
22:52Did the sport find you: had always wanted figure skates and a horse for Christmas
23:29On Sonja Henie: respected her for her skating and her record; met her at her show in Montreal, was fascinated by her
24:38Which was superior: they skated in different eras so can't compare, things improve, today's skaters do triples and quads, she thinks the girls are not allowed to be themselves, thinks they are amazing in what they do
25:38Did you ever tire: skated 8 hours a day from ages 11 to 19; wanted more time; wanted to be the best, always felt inferior which was a mounting problem
26:53On the pressure: was concerned but not nervous, practised so long she knew what to do, just wanted to do it well
27:12What are you proudest of: her father taught her anything you can do for Canada must come first, when she won the Olympics she did a little bit of good for Canada
27:59Did you dream of the Olympics: no, "that was the ladder I was climbing and I hoped to do it well"; so many people helped her - Sheldon, the people at the Minto Club, the fan mail, made all the difference and doing something for Canada
29:201948: skated outdoors, skated cautiously because of the conditions, very cold, another challenge
30:001947: skated for first time outdoors in Davos, she is the only Canadian to win the European Championships, she was allowed to defend her title in 1948 but after that no North American was allowed to compete
30:50On skating outdoors: the Minto Club was cold so she was used to the cold but not the wind, talks about Government House in Ottawa offering her ice time on their outdoor rink; talks about skating outdoors different for North Americans, having to help clear the ice; the wind was the thing that bothered her at the beginning, talks about the problems the wind caused, especially in the figures; took awhile to get used to the elements, practised a lot
34:04On her style: hard to say because you can't see what you are doing; just got on with what you had to do, talks about her music and competition where it stopped and have to restart her programme
36:14On the 1948 Olympics: the skaters knew each other's programmes, talks about the American skater who fell and came in and told her competitors about the bad ruts on the ice
37:16Sheldon had taken her over the ice so she had a vague knowledge of what it was like; calls her American competitor a good sport
37:42On staying to support the other skaters: it was good fun to see them skate and hoped they would do well
39:12On celebrity status: signed a lot of autographs, talks about the European fans
40:26On her conduct: it just came, do what you are doing
41:36On her drive: part of it was that she did not like being part of a larger group, training was not a social event, was solitary with the coach
44:20"When I do something I like to do it well", enjoyed school figures, enjoyed trying to master all 72 figures, they did not know which 5 figures they would be doing in the competitions; talks about the figures; liked the challenge
45:42Skating was a passionate love, did not entail being with a big team or a lot of people
47:10On winning the Lou Marsh award: won it in 1945 after winning the North American Championships, remembers the presentation, any award is wonderful to receive, a big honour
47:511947: won the North Americans, the Europeans, the Worlds, did not win the Canadians because she was still in Europe; won the Canadians in 1948 in Calgary, the last place she competed as an amateur and it was a Canadian city
49:041948: wanted to defend her titles, trained hard; won the Europeans, Olympics, World and Canadians
50:23On her professional career: started at the Roxy Theatre in New York; learned a different way of working and skating
51:34Would never say she was a great show skater but feels she livened it up a little, enjoyed it, talks about performing in London, England
52:16Was professional for 7 years, then got married
57:41On returning after winning the Worlds in 1947: coming home was unbelievable, expected only a few people at the train station, there was a huge crowd, was presented with a yellow car with red leather seats, had to return it or lose her amateur status and not be able to compete at the Olympics, talks about Avery Brundage, head of the IOC; got the same car the next year after she retired and they repainted it blue for her
04:10Advice to young people in sport: you must truly want to do the sport; train and be in good condition mentally and physically, first of all is the love for the sport which will give you the desire to work at it, work long and hard, training comes first and sport comes first, if you find after you start training that it's a chose then do something else, there is a feeling of accomplishment to do it well, be a good sport above all things and help your competitors, be a good person, helpful to others and enjoy
06:10On mentors and role models: talks about people who are good at what they do but abuse drugs & alcohol, there is an obligation to anyone in the sport to live their lives as they should and be a good example and be good at what you do, to encourage young people
08:07A moment that comes back: winning the Olympics for Canada was special
08:43On being inducted into the CSHoF: great honour; the Lou Marsh award is a treasure, feels privileged that Canada would honour her with this
09:33Her idols: admired Joe Lewis for saying he would do the best he could, anybody that is not braggadocio, a modest, nice person but a great athlete
10:22Greatest moment: standing on a wooden stand in a blizzard between hockey periods and seeing the flag and hearing Oh Canada while so far from home, meant a lot to her, her father and Canada
13:42Introduction to Hall

Year Range from 1944
Year Range to 1948
Subjects figure skating
Gold medal
1948 Olympic Winter Games St. Moritz
World Championships
Search Terms hard work
humble
passion
challenge
discipline
respect
ethical