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Sonja Henie

Sonja Henie (April 8, 1912-October 12, 1969) was a Norwegian figure skater. She is the only three-time Olympic figure skating gold medalist.

Born in Oslo, Henie took the gold in the 1928, 1932 and 1936 Winter Olympics. She had earlier placed eighth in a field of eight at the 1924 Winter Olympics, at the age of eleven. During the 1924 program, she skated over to the side of the rink several times to ask her coach what to do next.

By the next Olympiad, she no longer needed to ask. She won her first of ten consecutive World Figure Skating Championships in 1927 at the age of fifteen, and her first Olympic gold medal the following year.

She is credited with being the first to adopt the short skirt costume, and the first to make use of dance choreography in figure skating.

She then went on to an extensive film career, retiring in 1960. Together with her husband, she founded the Henie-Onstad Art Centre at Høvikodden near Oslo. She died in 1969 of leukemia

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