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'''Jeannette Eleanor Altwegg''' CBE (married name: Wirz; born 8 September 1930 in Mumbai, [[India]]) is a [[Great Britain|British]] [[Figure skating|figure skater]]. She is the 1952 Olympic champion in ladies' singles, the 1948 Olympic bronze medalist, the 1951 World champion, and the 1951 & 1952 European champion.
   
'''Jeannette Eleanor Altwegg''' CBE ([[married name]]: Wirz; born 8 September 1930 in Mumbai, [[India]])<ref name=ifs110801/> is a [[Great Britain|British]] [[Figure skating|figure skater]]. She is the [[Figure skating at the 1952 Winter Olympics|1952 Olympic champion]] in ladies' singles, the [[Figure skating at the 1948 Winter Olympics|1948 Olympic bronze medalist]], the 1951 World champion, and the 1951 & 1952 European champion.
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Altwegg was born in Mumbai, India and raised in Lancashire, the daughter of a British mother and Swiss father.
   
Altwegg was born in Mumbai, India and raised in Lancashire, the daughter of a British mother and Swiss father.<ref name=ifs110801/>
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Altwegg was a competitive [[tennis]] player, reaching the junior finals at Wimbledon in 1947 before giving up the sport to focus on skating. She was known for her strong compulsory figures.
   
Altwegg was a competitive [[tennis]] player, reaching the junior finals at [[The Championships, Wimbledon|Wimbledon]] in 1947 before giving up the sport to focus on skating. She was known for her strong [[compulsory figures]].<ref name=ifs110801/>
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Her win at the [[Oslo 1952|1952 Winter Olympics]] in Oslo was the first individual gold medal won by a British woman in the Winter Olympics. Her achievement as a British female individual Winter Olympics gold medalist was not matched until the [[Vancouver 2010|2010 Winter Olympics]] in Vancouver when Amy Williams won gold in Skeleton. She remains the only British woman to have won two individual medals (gold and bronze) at the Winter Olympics.
   
Her win at the [[Oslo 1952|1952 Winter Olympics]] in Oslo was the first individual gold medal won by a British woman in the Winter Olympics. Her achievement as a British female individual Winter Olympics gold medalist was not matched until the [[Vancouver 2010|2010 Winter Olympics]] in Vancouver when [[Amy Williams]] won gold in [[Skeleton (sport)|Skeleton]].<ref name=bath/> She remains the only British woman to have won two individual medals (gold and bronze) at the Winter Olympics.
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After her Olympic victory, Altwegg bypassed a lucrative professional career due to a knee injury.<ref name=ifs110801/> She went to work in Pestalozzi Children's Village in Switzerland and married Marc Wirz, the brother of Swiss skater [[Susi Wirz]]. They had four children and divorced in 1973. Their daughter Christina Wirz was a member of the Swiss 1983 World champion and European bronze medalist curling team.
 
After her Olympic victory, Altwegg bypassed a lucrative professional career due to a knee injury.<ref name=ifs110801/> She went to work in Pestalozzi Children's Village in Switzerland<ref name=to100221/> and married Marc Wirz, the brother of Swiss skater [[Susi Wirz]].<ref name=ifs110801/> They had four children and divorced in 1973.<ref name=ifs110801/> Their daughter [[Christina Wirz]] was a member of the Swiss 1983 World champion and European bronze medalist curling team.<ref name=cwirtz/>
 
   
 
==Honours==
 
==Honours==
In 1953 she was awarded the [[Order of the British Empire|CBE]].
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In 1953 she was awarded the CBE.
   
She was inducted into the [[World Figure Skating Hall of Fame]] in 1993.<ref name=wfshof/>
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She was inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1993.
   
 
==Results==
 
==Results==
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==References==
 
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<ref name=to100221>{{cite news | url = http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/olympics/article7034802.ece | title = Jeannette Altwegg: the tennis player who skated her way to gold | first = John | last = Goodbody | work = Sunday Times | date = 21 February 2010 | archiveurl = http://web.archive.org/web/20110604224301/http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/olympics/article7034802.ece | archivedate = June 4, 2011 | deadurl = no }}</ref>
 
 
<ref name=ifs110801>{{cite news | url = http://www.ifsmagazine.com/articles/570-jeannette-altwegg-recollections-from-the-past | title = Jeannette Altwegg: Recollections from the Past | first = Susan D. | last = Russell | work = IFS Magazine | date = August 1, 2011 | archiveurl = | archivedate = | deadurl = }}</ref>
 
 
<ref name=bath>{{cite news | url= http://www.thisisbath.co.uk/sport/Sensational-start-puts-Williams-sight-Olympic-gold/article-1849853-detail/article.html | title=Amy Williams wins historic gold medal at Winter Olympics | date=20 February 2010 | publisher=Bath Chronicle | archiveurl = http://web.archive.org/web/20100328053317/http://www.thisisbath.co.uk/sport/Sensational-start-puts-Williams-sight-Olympic-gold/article-1849853-detail/article.html | archivedate = March 28, 2010 | deadurl = no }}</ref>
 
 
<ref name=cwirtz>{{cite web | url = http://www.ecf-web.org/ecc_winners.html | title = European Curling Federation: ECC Winners }}</ref>
 
 
<ref name=wfshof>{{cite web | url = http://www.worldskatingmuseum.org | title = World Figure Skating Hall of Fame }}</ref>
 
 
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==External links==
 
==External links==
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* [http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/al/jeannette-altwegg-1.html Sports-reference profile]
 
* [http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/al/jeannette-altwegg-1.html Sports-reference profile]
   
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Jeannette Eleanor Altwegg CBE (married name: Wirz; born 8 September 1930 in Mumbai, India) is a British figure skater. She is the 1952 Olympic champion in ladies' singles, the 1948 Olympic bronze medalist, the 1951 World champion, and the 1951 & 1952 European champion.

Altwegg was born in Mumbai, India and raised in Lancashire, the daughter of a British mother and Swiss father.

Altwegg was a competitive tennis player, reaching the junior finals at Wimbledon in 1947 before giving up the sport to focus on skating. She was known for her strong compulsory figures.

Her win at the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo was the first individual gold medal won by a British woman in the Winter Olympics. Her achievement as a British female individual Winter Olympics gold medalist was not matched until the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver when Amy Williams won gold in Skeleton. She remains the only British woman to have won two individual medals (gold and bronze) at the Winter Olympics.

After her Olympic victory, Altwegg bypassed a lucrative professional career due to a knee injury.[1] She went to work in Pestalozzi Children's Village in Switzerland and married Marc Wirz, the brother of Swiss skater Susi Wirz. They had four children and divorced in 1973. Their daughter Christina Wirz was a member of the Swiss 1983 World champion and European bronze medalist curling team.

Honours

In 1953 she was awarded the CBE.

She was inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1993.

Results

Event 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952
Winter Olympics 3rd 1st
World Championships 5th 4th 3rd 2nd 1st
European Championships 4th 5th 3rd 2nd 1st 1st
British Championships 1st 1st 1st 1st

External links


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