Golden Olympic Performances – Ladies Singles Figure Skating
Let us relive and enjoy the gold medal performances of some of the greatest ladies figure skating Olympic champion.
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Sonja Henie (Austria) – 1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Being a 3-time Olympic, 10-time World and 6-time European champion, Sonja Henie held more World and Olympic titles than any other ladies figure skater. She is credited as the first figure skater to wear the short skirt costume and choreograph her routines to music. As the first big star of figure skating, she paved the way for all the skating stars of today.
Barbara Ann Scott (Canada) – 1948 St. Moritz
Barbara Ann Scott became the first North American to win the European and World Figure Skating Championships in 1947. Returning home as a national heroine, she was awarded an automobile by her hometown Ottawa, but had to turn down the gift in order to remain eligible to compete at the 1948 Games, where she would become the first Canadian to win the Olympic figure skating gold.
Carol Heiss (United States) – 1960 Squaw Valley
From 1957 to 1960, Carol Heiss dominated women’s figure skating like no other athlete since Sonja Henie, winning every U.S. and World titles including the Olympic title. An athletic skater, she was the first female skater to land the double axel. One of her trademark skills involved alternating clockwise and counterclockwise single axels.