History’s Best Olympic Moments for Ottawa Athletes
BARBARA ANN SCOTT
She was born in Ottawa in 1928 and lived in Sandy Hill as a child. At age 7, she began skating with the famed Minto Skating Club and by age 11, Scott had won her first national junior title. At age 18, she catapulted to international fame by winning both the European and World Figure Skating Championships. Prior to the 1948 Olympics, Barbara Ann Scott was featured on the cover of Time Magazine and weeks later would become the first (and only) Canadian to ever win the Gold Medal in Olympic Women’s Figure Skating. Scott received the keys to the city of Ottawa when she returned home after the Olympics and was known across the country as “Canada’s Sweetheart”—so much so, that a collectible doll was made in her honour following her triumph at the 1948 Winter Olympics.
Photo credit: Chris Ware
Greene was born in Ottawa before moving with her family as a child to British Columbia. In 1967, she burst onto the scene as a 23 year old by winning the 7 of 16 events and the inaugural World Cup. She was named Canada’s Athlete of Year following the season. At the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, Greene won the Gold Medal in Giant Slalom and the Silver Medal in Slalom—and became affectionately known as “Tiger” for her gutsy attitude and aggression on the slopes. Nancy Greene was named Canada’s Female Athlete of the 20th Century. The Ottawa native is also a Senator from Ottawa after being nominated to the Canadian senate in 2009 by former Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
photo credit: Cheryl Young
The pride of Gloucester Skating Club stole the heart of every Canadian during the 1988 Winter Olympics. As the 1988 Olympics began, Manley was the true definition of an underdog. The experts all spoke of the great Katarina Witt and American skater Debi Thomas being the favourites, while Elizabeth Manley seemed to be a long shot, at best. However, the lucky Canadian managed to find herself in 3rd place heading into the Long program—and in one of the most famous Olympic performances in history, Manley put on the performance of a lifetime to win the Silver Medal.
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This Ottawa native won 3 World Championships in Men’s Figure Skating, but it was not until 2014 that Chan finally got his long-deserved Olympic glory by winning the Silver Medal both in Singles and Team Skating. In 2011, Chan won the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s Athlete of the Year.
Photo Credit: Dave Sanford
This Ottawa native became one of Canada’s most decorated speed skaters over the course of her illustrious career. Groves won 4 Olympic medals, including 2 Silvers at the 2006 Turin Olympics and a Silver and a Bronze at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. She is one of Brookfield High School’s most famous alumni—and was honoured in 2014 by being inducted into the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame.
Photo Credit: Jasper Juinen