Scott making sure to lend helping hand

    December 16, 2012

    More than six years have passed, and Beckie Scott still can't comprehend the fuss over the whole ski-pole incident.
    Yes, she won Olympic silver in the team sprint with Sara Renner thanks in no small part to the generosity of Norwegian ski coach. Bjornar Haakensmoen.
    And yes, she will be forever grateful for Haakensmoen handing Renner a replacement for her broken ski pole in the final at the Turin Games - an act of kindness that ultimately cost his country a medal as Norway slipped to fourth place.
    "But really, that was expected," says Scott, a 38-year-old mother of two. "Had it been anybody else on the course, they would have done the same thing.
    It just happened that it was a Norwegian coach at that moment who had a pole for Sara.
    "If someone hadn't done it, then that would have been exceptional. It's really more common to give people poles and help them out than it is to do nothing."

    Lending a helping hand is more than just a matter of sportsmanship for Scott, the pioneer of women's cross-country skiing in Canada.

    Lending a helping hand is a way of life for the 2002 Olympic gold medallist.

    For proof, look no farther than the trip Scott took last week to Conklin, nestled between Fort McMurray and Lac La Biche and the Metis community of Kikino. The trip came about as part of her ongoing involvement with Ski Fit North, a program designed to teach cross-country skiing to aboriginal and Metis kids in the northern part of the province.