Name: Tenley Albright
Sport: Figure Skating
Event(s): Singles
DOB: 7/18/1935
Birthplace: Newton Center, Mass.
Hometown: Newton Center, Mass.
College: Radcliffe College; Harvard Medical School
Olympic Experience
  • Two-time Olympian (1952, 1956); two-time Olympic medalist (1 gold, 1 silver)
  • Helsinki 1952, silver (singles)
  • Cortina d’Ampezzo 1956, gold (singles)
Personal: Began skating at 6 years old...Contracted polio at age 11 and was confined to bed for a year...Won her first national novice figure skating title at age 13... Became the U.S. women’s champion at age 16...Was the first American woman to win the world figure skating championship...Won five consecutive U.S. women’s national championships from 1952-56...Was the first American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in figure skating...Attended Harvard Medical School as one of five women in a class of 135...Founded and directed MIT Collaborative Initiatives...Served as a delegate to the World Health Assembly.