Canadian Beckie Scott recently received an upgrade to an Olympic Silver Medal for her performance at the women’s pursuit race at the 2002 Olympics. A decision regarding a possible upgrade to Gold will be made soon.
At the 2003 World Championship Beckie was the first North American ever to score four top ten results in the same Championship. She was inches from medaling in the sprint, a few seconds in the pursuit and had a break-through top ten in â€œher least favorite eventâ€ the 30K skate race.
A good summer and great fall training including more attention paid to tactical skills and improving her sprint has made Beckie anxious to â€œget it onâ€ with World Cup racing.
At the moment she is training in Fairbanks, Alaska. The Canadian team has decided to skip the Scandinavian regular World Cup opener and rather meet the World at high altitude in Dobbiaco, Italy on December 6.
A 15 km skate mass-start is on the program that day and a two person sprint relay the following day.
High training volume, a few races in Fairbanks and a final training camp at Silver Star is on the agenda before departure for Europe at the end of November. The name of the game until then is patience.