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 strength.

Albright won the silver medal at the 1952 Olympcs. She won her first World title in 1953, silver in 1954, a second gold medal in 1955, and her fourth medal, silver, in 1956.

In 1956, while training for the Olympics, Albright fell due to a rut in the ice and cut her right ankle joint to the bone with her left skate. The cut was stitched by her father, a surgeon. At the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, she became the first American female skater to win an Olympic gold medal.

Albright retired from competitive skating after 1956. She never skated professionally.


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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 figure skating in 1956.
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 synchronous motion.
Tenley Albright (b. 1935), U.S. ice skater and physician. As quoted in WomenSports magazine, p. 16 (January 1975). In 1956, Albright had become the first United States woman to win an Olympic gold medal for singles figure skating. Later, she studied medicine.

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