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Sonja Henie

(1912—1969)


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(b Oslo, 8 Apr. 1912; d en route to Oslo, 12 Oct. 1969)

Norwegian figure skater. She was advised to learn ballet by Pavlova and studied with Karsavina, beginning her skating training aged 5. In 1923 she was Norwegian champion, between 1927 and 1936 she held ten consecutive world champion titles, and between 1928 and 1936 she won three consecutive Olympic gold medals. Her skating style was strongly influenced by her ballet training and she performed an ice version of The Dying Swan. In 1938 she began to work in Hollywood, in, among others, the film Sun Valley Serenade (1941). She died of leukaemia on a plane flight to Oslo.


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