Meet Carol Heiss, the U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Champion Who's a Member of Figure Skating Royalty

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Meet Carol Heiss, the U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Champion Who's a Member of Figure Skating Royalty
Long before Mirai Nagasu’s milestone triple axel, U.S. figure skater Carol Heiss made history as the first woman to land a double axel in competition. In 1956, she took silver at the Winter Games in Cortina, Italy — second to American Tenley Albright.

Four years later, at the Olympics in Squaw Valley, California, she brought home the gold.

“It was sort of a whirlwind,” Carol Heiss recalled of her Olympic year, speaking to figure skating podcaster Allison Manley. But she does remember that after getting her medal, it was back to work — just two hours later.

“I was in my
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