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.

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4 Comments
  1. Posted January 26, 2010 at 10:33 am

    A good overview of past winners!

  2. Posted January 26, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    A great post. But for me the most touching (on so many different levels) performance is Oksana’s. That girl–an orphan in the former Soviet Union–was quite literally skating for her life that day. I don’t mean that someone would have killed her if she hadn’t gotten the gold medal but that she would not have gotten her chance at a life had she not won.

    Inna

  3. Posted January 28, 2010 at 2:48 am

    Wow! an outstanding post. Really enjoy watching each video. Thanks Eddie and nice to see again.

  4. Posted January 28, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Truly entertaining.

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