Beckie grew up with a provincial park in her backyard, and that’s where she put on her first pair of cross-country skis. She was raised with a deep connection to the outdoors, and getting outside to run, hike, ski, SUP, kayak or bike is a required daily dose of joy.
After winning Olympic gold in 2002, Olympic silver in 2006 and amassing 17 World Cup medals over the course of her ski career, Beckie retired as the most decorated and successful cross-country skier in Canada’s history.
She now has a career in advocacy and divides her time between working on behalf of the World Anti-Doping Agency for clean, fair, doping-free sport, and leading Spirit North, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of Indigenous children and youth through the transformative power of outdoor sport and play.
In July of 2019, Beckie received the Order of Canada for her contributions to the fight against doping.
“Don’t be discouraged by your incapacity to dispel darkness from the world. Light your little candle and step forward.”