Justin Piercy - Wednesday Jan. 9, 2013 10:00 ET

Infamous Winter Olympians

Canadian Beckie Scott skier goes from bronze, to silver, to gold after cheaters caught


Russia’s Larissa Lazutina, left, shakes hands with Canada's Beckie Scott, right, as Russia's Olga Danilova looks on during the Medals Ceremony for the women's 5 km pursuit in Salt Lake City, on Feb. 15, 2002. (Bob Pearson/Getty Images)

The Olympic Games have always been a setting for inspirational acts of athleticism, where sacrifice and hard work are the norm. But there are a few Winter Olympians who have set themselves apart from their fellow athletes through less traditional means. Beckie Scott is one of those rare individuals; the Canadian cross-country skier may be the only Olympian to win bronze, silver and gold -- in the same competition.

The cross-country skier from Vermilion, Alta., is a three-time Olympian, competing for Canada in Nagano in 1998, Salt Lake City in 2002, and in Turin in 2006. But it was her performance in 2002 that has her on our list.

After competing in the five-kilometre pursuit, Scott said she was more than thrilled to finish with a bronze, Canada’s first Olympic medal in cross-country skiing.

As fate would have it, officials announced in July of 2004 that the two Russian skiers who finished ahead of the Canadian in that race had tested positive for darbepoetin, a performance enhancing drug. 

Scott told CBC Radio she didn’t know whether she’d be bumped up the podium and, if so, whether she’d soon find a new medal in her mailbox:

The delivery came two and half years later, and not by Canada Post but in a ceremony in Vancouver.

Scott became the first woman from North America to (eventually) take home a gold medal in cross-country skiing:

Scott retired from competition in 2006 and was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

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