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Sonja Henie: Three-time Olympic figure skating champion

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Sonja Henie was born on April 12, 1912 in Oslo, Norway and started skating when she was six years old. She was the child of a prominent Norwegian businessman, and was given only the best. She won ten world figure skating titles, and won the ladies Olympic figure skating gold medal in 1928, 1932, and in 1936. After she won the Olympics in 1936, she went to Hollywood and became a movie star. Her movies helped to increase the popularity of figure skating.

More Sonja Henie trivia:

  • Sonja Henie's parents were Wilhelm Henie and Selma Lochmann-Nielsen.
  • Henie had one brother. His name was Leif, and he taught her to skate
  • At the age of ten, Sonja Henie won the Norwegian figure skating title
  • Sonja Henie introduced the idea that women and girls should wear white ice skating boots.
  • Sonja Henie also introduced the idea that women and girls should wear short ice skating skirts.
  • Sonja Henie won her first Olympic figure skating title in 1928 when she was only fifteen years old.
  • After Sonja Henie won her third Olympic gold medal in 1936, she went to Hollywood and became a movie star.
  • Henie appeared in ten motion pictures and she was one of Hollywood's most popular movie stars.
  • Sonja Henie became one of the most wealthy women in the world.
  • Sonja Henie owned her own touring ice show, the Hollywood Ice Revue. Huge production numbers were part of the show.
  • Sonja Henie's lost some popularity when a photo of her was published that showed her shaking hands with Adolf Hitler during the 1936 Olympic Winter Games which took place in Germany.
  • Sonja Henie died of leukemia on October 12, 1969 during an airline flight between Paris, France and Oslo, Norway.

Sonja Henie quote:

“I want to do with skates what Fred Astaire is doing with dancing.”

Further reading:

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