News'02 race finally turns golden for skier

FasterSkier FasterSkierDecember 26, 2003

When Canadian cross-country skier Beckie Scott called her coach at Jeremy Ranch on Thursday morning to tell him she had great news, Olympic gold wasn't the first thing that leaped to Torbjorn Karlsen's mind.

“Are you pregnant?” he asked Scott, who married three-time U.S. Olympian Justin Wadsworth this summer. “Did you get great new skis?”

Finally, Scott, who is in Austria preparing for a World Cup competition this weekend, blurted it out. Almost two years after crossing the finish line of the women's 5-kilometer pursuit race at the 2002 Winter Olympics, Scott had been declared an Olympic champion.

A ruling Thursday by the Court of Arbitration for Sport upgraded Scott to gold, ahead of Russian drug cheat Olga Danilova, who finished in front of Scott but was caught later in the Games using a banned substance. The ruling annuls all of Danilova's Salt Lake City results.


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