She became a national hero after Second World War. Canadian figure skating great Barbara Ann Scott died at her home in Florida on Sunday at the age of 84. The cause of her death has not been made public. Known as Canada’s sweetheart, Barbara Ann Scott, skated to an Olympic gold medal in 1948 on a frozen lake in St. Moritz, Switzerland and took two world titles in 1947 and 1948. She became a familiar figure on the covers of magazines and newspapers and inspired a popular doll.
More recently, the gold medalist walked the Olympic torch into the House of Commons in December 2009, just weeks before the Vancouver Olympics. Barbara Ann Scott made her final visit to her home city of Ottawa in August to open a gallery at City Hall that shows off artifacts from her storied career. She made the trip in considerable pain after surgery for pancreatic and abdominal pains in March.