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Canadian Figure Skating Legend Barbara Ann Scott Dies

10/01/2012 12:30 EDT | Updated 11/30/2012 05:12 EST
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Dick Button from the United States and Barbara Ann Scott from Canada smile for photographers in February 1948 in Saint-Moritz during the Winter Olympic Games. Button and Scott each won the gold medal but only Button was able to repeat his Olympic feat in Oslo (Norway) in 1952. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STAFF/AFP/Getty Images)
Barbara Ann Scott, still the only Canadian to win an individual gold medal in Olympic figure skating, died Sunday. She was 84.

'Canada's Sweetheart' won gold at the 1948 St. Moritz Olympics. Wearing a hand-sewn cream-coloured fur dress, she won seven of the nine first-place votes and took home the top prize despite skating on an ice surface riddled with holes and ruts, thanks to two morning hockey games

The Ottawa native won the world championships in 1947, and nearly had her amateur status revoked after she received a convertible as a gift for her accomplishment. After much wrangling, the car was returned, and she defended her title the following year.

Scott carried the torch into the House of Commons in December 2009 to a standing ovation as part of the run-up to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics..

"I can't tell you what a thrill this has been," she said at the time. "Imagine, an 81-year-old gal being invited to carry the torch into the Parliament buildings."

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