Parliamentary welcome for Olympic torch

The Olympic torch has arrived at Parliament.

Canadian figure skater Barbara Ann Scott carried the flame on Thursday through the halls of Parliament in the House of Commons.

The 81-year-old Scott won the singles title at the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland. She is the only Canadian woman to win Olympic gold in figure skating.

She hoisted the torch on a stand in Parliament as members of the chamber cheered her on, chanting “Go Canada, Go.”

Scott was 19 when she bought home the gold medal to Ottawa in 1948.

At 5-foot-2, Scott was just barely bigger than the lit torch. But the sprightly former athlete had no problems carrying it, saying the event was a great honor.

“I can't tell you what a thrill this has been. Imagine an 81-year-old gal being invited to carry the torch into the Parliament buildings,” said Scott, who lives in Amelia Island, Fla., with her husband Tom King.

The torch's journey to Ottawa comes before Parliament adjourns Friday for the holiday break.

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