Barbara Ann Scott: A Legend in Her Own Time

Susan D. Russell
Barbara Ann Scott

To a nation that was still nursing the scars of six years of global turmoil, Barbara Ann Scott was a godsend.

“Canada’s Sweetheart,” as she became known, was the first great national sporting hero to emerge following World War II.

Scott was drawn to skating through her admiration of Sonja Henie. “I just thought she was so great, and I wanted to be just like her,” Scott recalled. “We used to have radio shows where Santa Claus read letters that children had sent in. My mother helped me write
to him when I was about 5. I wanted figure skates just like Sonja’s.

“When I was about 6, Santa Claus brought skates and boots. But they weren’t white like Sonja’s, they were black, so that was kind of a blow.”

Scott passed away at her home in Florida on Sept. 30.

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Originally published in December 2012