Tenley Albright


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Tenley Emma Albright (born July 18, 1935 in Newton Centre, Massachusetts) is a former American figure skater. She is the 1956 Olympic champion, the 1952 Olympic silver medalist, the 1953 and 1955 World Champion, the 1953 and 1955 North American champion, and the 1952–1956 U.S. national champion. At age 11 Albright suffered an attack of polio. Skating was her therapy to regain muscle ... more »

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  • ''Winning brought me a wonderful sense of completeness.''
    Tenley Albright (b. 1935), U.S. ice skater. As quoted in People magazine, p. 81 (February 24, 1992). On winning the Olympic gold medal for women's...
  • ''People tend to box little girls in. They teach them to sit properly and stand quietly and not attract attention. Sports is one place where girls can be free and enjoy the exhilaration of movement.''
    Tenley Albright (b. 1935), U.S. ice skater. As quoted in WomenSports magazine, p. 16 (January 1975).
  • It almost alarms me how free I feel on the ice. I don't think about the hospital or the groceries or the kids—I'm just in touch with myself. It's exciting when your whole body is moving in synchr...
    Tenley Albright (b. 1935), U.S. ice skater and physician. As quoted in WomenSports magazine, p. 16 (January 1975). In 1956, Albright had become th...
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