This Month in Ottawa Sports History (February): ‘Barbara Olympic Champion’
Updated On: February 7, 2013
On February 6th, 1948, 19-year-old Barbara Ann Scott won Olympic gold in women's figure skating at St. Moritz, Switzerland. Performing in front of seven judges and 5,000 spectators, "Ottawa's sweetheart" beat out women much older and much more experienced to take the crown from European hands for the first time. Of the seven scores awarded her, Scott garnered all fives. (At the time 6.0 was a "perfect" score.)
Nepean skating teen shoots for 2014 Canadians, Olympics
Updated On: January 10, 2013
It’s a big tag to carry for a 16-year-old – she’ll be the hometown’s best hope when Ottawa hosts the Canadian figure skating championships and Olympic team selections in 2014 – but make no mistake, Alaine Chartrand’s got Sochi on her mind no matter what her birth certificate may say compared to her competitors.
Gloucester friends top Sectionals podium
Updated On: December 7, 2012
It was their first year in the junior women’s category, but there were no rookie performances for Kelsey MacLean and Nikki Mattocks at the Skate Canada Eastern Ontario Sectionals, as the Gloucester Skating Club teammates finished 1-2 last month in Kingston.
Barbara Ann Scott was one of Ottawa's best
Updated On: October 14, 2012
Ottawa lost one of its greatest athletes of all time when Barbara Ann Scott passed away on Sept. 30 at age 84. The former Minto Skating Club member was the women's singles figure skating gold medalist at the 1948 Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
Gloucester coach earns Korea assignment
Updated On: May 9, 2012
Gloucester Skating Club coach Cathy Skinner has been selected as an associate coach for the Canadian figure skating team that will compete in the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Pyeongchang, Korea.
Gloucester grabs figure skating prizes
Updated On: April 9, 2012
The Gloucester Skating Club wrapped up its main competition season in style last month with numerous top results. Hayley McGuire, Annika Majcher, Shaanen Willbond, Chantal Prouse, Kaitlyn Butterfield and Michaela Feibel all finished on the podium at the Eastern Ontario STARSkate Invitational Championship, while Phillipe McGuire, Hailey Fournier, Josh Allen and the dance pair of Chelsea Sheridan and Alex Gunther competed at the Ontario Winter Games.
Figure skaters prosper at nationals
Updated On: February 10, 2012
It was a long way to go for a girl who expected her competitive season would end at the Eastern Ontario Sectionals, and for Elizabeth Comeau, the dream kept on playing itself out from the moment she arrived for the Skate Canada national championships to the moment she left.
Local figure skaters in hunt for national podium
Created On: January 11, 2012
Their goal was simply to qualify for the Canadian Figure Skating Championships. But thanks to their silver medal performance at last month’s Skate Canada Challenge in Regina, novice ice dancers Samantha Glavine and Jeff Hough of the Minto Skating Club suddenly find themselves as one of Ottawa’s top medal threats for the Jan. 16-22 nationals in Moncton, N. B.
Minto silver medal dancers lead local charge at Challenge
Updated On: December 6, 2011
The start of a Saskatchewan winter was certainly kind to Samantha Glavine and Jeff Hough as they competed in the 2012 Skate Canada Challenge in Regina from Nov. 30 to Dec. 4.
With gold medals already in the bag, the novice and junior women’s champions now hope their breakthrough performances from the Skate Canada Eastern Ontario Sectionals will vault them towards this season’s Canadian championships in Moncton, N.B.