Name: Carol Heiss
Sport: Figure Skating
Event(s): Singles
DOB: 1/20/1940
Birthplace: New York, N.Y.
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
High School: Professional Children’s School (New York, N.Y.)
College: New York University
Olympic Experience
  • Two-time Olympian (1956, 1960); two-time Olympic medalist (1 gold, 1 silver)
  • Cortina d’Ampezzo 1956, silver (women’s singles)
  • Squaw Valley 1960, gold (women’s singles)
Personal: Daughter of Marie and Edward Heiss...Has one sibling, Nancy...First fell in love with skating when she received a pair of roller skates at age 4...Made her first amateur competition appearance at age 6 at the Brooklyn Ice Palace...Began skating lessons with Pierre Brunet and Andree Joly, world pair champions at age 8...Won the national novice title in 1951 and the U.S. junior championship in 1952...At 16, was the youngest woman to make the Olympic figure skating team for the Olympic Winter Games Cortina d’Ampezzo 1956...Dedicated her 1956 Olympic silver medal to her mother, terminally ill during the Games...Won her first world championship at age 16 in 1957...Dedicated her life to coaching and education following her competitive career.