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.
Beckie rollerskiing at Soldier Hollow in 2001
What are your goals for this year (racing, other)?
â€One of my goals this year is to try and win some world cup races.Â The
other is toÂ survive the long stints in Europe.â€
Who will you be fighting with in the World Cup races this year (who
are the favorites in your opinion, knowing the individual strengths)?
â€œI think that Marit Bjoergen will be hard to beat in the sprints – she
really shone last year and that in the rest of the races, it will be Gabriella
Paruzzi, Hilde Pederson, Kristina Smigun, and probably some more young Russians
who come out of nowhere.â€
Why are you skipping the first World Cup races in Scandinavia?
â€Because I generally have big problems with jet-lag and dark places (such
as Scandinavia in November), and it also makes for a really long season when
you go to Europe so early.Â As much as I enjoy the racing in Europe, I'm finding
it harder and harder to want to stay over there for prolonged periods of time.â€