Sonja Henie

Norwegian Figure Skater
Born Apr 8, 1912

Sonja Henie was a Norwegian figure skater and film star. She was a three-time Olympic Champion in Ladies Singles, a ten-time World Champion (1927–1936) and a six-time European Champion (1931–1936). Henie won more Olympic and World titles than any other ladies figure skater. At the height of her acting career she was one of the highest paid stars in Hollywood.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Sonja Henie.


1912 Birth Born on April 8, 1912.


1924 12 Years Old 1 More Event
She then placed eighth in a field of eight at the 1924 Winter Olympics, at the age of eleven.
1927 15 Years Old 1 More Event
Henie won the first of an unprecedented ten consecutive World Figure Skating Championships in 1927 at the age of fourteen.
1931 19 Years Old She also won six consecutive European championships from 1931 to 1936. … Read More


Towards the end of her career, she began to be strongly challenged by younger skaters including Cecilia Colledge, Megan Taylor and Hedy Stenuf. However, she held off these competitors and went on to win her third Olympic title at the 1936 Winter Olympics, albeit in very controversial circumstances with Cecilia Colledge finishing a very close second.
1941 29 Years Old Henie became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1941. … Read More


1953 41 Years Old However, she made a triumphant return to Norway with the Holiday on Ice tour in 1953 and 1955. … Read More
1956 44 Years Old After her retirement in 1956, Henie and Onstad settled in Oslo and accumulated a large collection of modern art that formed the basis for the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter at Høvikodden in Bærum near Oslo. … Read More


1969 58 Years Old She died of the disease at age 57 in 1969 during a flight from Paris to Oslo. … Read More
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