UPDATE: Scott finished second in her 1,000-meter heat Tuesday morning in Sochi and qualified to advance to Friday’s quarterfinals. On Saturday, Scott made it to the finals in the 1,500 meters, when another skater crashed and wiped out Scott who was able to get back in the race, but finished in fifth place. She failed to qualify for the 500 meters last week.
Springfield, Mo., Electrical Workers ( IBEW ) Local 453 member Craig Scott is in Sochi, Russia, this week watching his daughter Emily compete for Olympic gold in several short track speed skating events. But it wasn’t an easy journey for father or daughter
Emily, 25, was a world champion inline skater before taking up short track speed skating about five years ago. But with the U.S. Speedskating cutting her funding last year, a part-time job not bringing in enough to pay the bills or give her time to train and a crowdfunding effort falling short, Emily was on the verge of giving up her dream.
But a USA Today profile of her struggles sparked nearly $50,000 in donations and allowed her to quit her job and focus on training and making the Olympic team.
Scott, who works at a Springfield sign company, raised Emily and her older sister for most of their lives as a single father. He told the Springfield News-Leader that he has lived “paycheck to paycheck” to support Emily’s training and competitions from her inline days to her speed skating.
Now with Emily whose events run through this week, and with Scott in Sochi to cheer her on, he says:
It’s taken a little while to sink in. It’s 20 years of hard work, and finally everything has sort of come together.