Skates, Skis and Olympic Medals
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
For a little over 100 years, women have been able to participate as athletes in the Olympic Games. As the Olympics take place in Sochi, let's take this opportunity to remember and celebrate American women who have participated in and won Olympic Medals in winter sports.
Although a Norwegian figure skater when she won gold medals at the 1928, 1932 and 1936 Olympics, Sonja Henie became an American citizen in 1941. She started skiing after receiving her first pair of skates when she was six years old. After dominating the ranks of figure skaters, Henie became a movie star. Her first movie, One in a Million, was released in 1936 and featured her skating. She graced the cover of Time magazine in 1939 and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has been inducted into several sports Halls of Fames and is one of many Olympic athletes featured in the book Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America.
Like Henie, figure skater Peggy Fleming started skating at a young
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