Athlete Profile

In her eight years with the national team, Beckie Scott, 27, of Vermillion, Alta., has established herself as one of the world's best cross country and sprint racers. She's Canada's best chance for a medal in cross-country skiing at the Games.

Scott, who began to set national records while competing as a junior, is only the second Canadian female ever to reach the podium at a World Cup event. In 2001, she won a bronze medal at a World Cup event at Soldier Hollow, Utah., which is the site of the Salt Lake City competition. Scott, who finished ninth at last year's world championships, finished the season ranked 15th in the world for the second consecutive year. In January, her performances have improved even more, including a bronze in the 1.5-kilometre at an event in Asiago, Italy.

Scott competed in three events at the Nagano Olympics in 1998, finishing 45th in the overall pursuit, 47th in the five-kilometre classical and 51st in the 30-kilometre skate.

In Salt Lake City, she'll compete in four events: the five-kilometre pursuit; 10-kilometre classical; 4x5-kilometre relay and the sprint.