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Hedy Stenuf (born July 18, 1922) is an Austrian Figure skater who later competed for France and the United States.

Stenuf first became known in the United States when she accompanied the Austrian champion Karl Schäfer on an exhibition tour in North America in 1934, when she was only 11 years old. The following season, the World Figure Skating Championships were held in Vienna, Stenuf's home town, and the young skater was considered a strong challenger to reigning champion Sonja Henie.

At the 1936 Winter Olympic she finished sixth in the Figure skating at the 1936 Winter Olympics - Ladies' singles.

Later in 1936 and 1937, Stenuf switched to competing for France, and then in 1938, to the United States. She won bronze and silver medals at the World Championships in 1938 and 1939, respectively. In addition to her accomplishments in Single skating, she won the silver medal in Pair skating with partner Skippy Baxter at the 1940 U.S. Figure Skating.

Competitive highlightsEdit

Event/Season 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940
European Championships 7th (AUT) 6th (FRA) 4th (FRA) - - -
World Figure Skating Championships 4th (AUT) - 4th (FRA) 3rd (USA) 2nd (USA) -
Winter Olympics - 6th (AUT) - - - -
U.S. Figure Skating - - - - - 2nd

ReferencesEdit

  • profile
  • Skatabase
  • Raymond Strait and Leif Henie: Queen of Ice, Queen of Shadows: The Unsuspected Life of Sonja Henie. ISBN 0-8128-8518-X.
  • U.S. Figure Skating media guide

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