Figure skating at the 1920 Summer Olympics

The VII Summer Olympics in Antwerp in 1920 three competitions were held in figure skating.



Date: 25 bis April 27, 1920

Nine men from six nations participated. The Swede Gillis Grafström won his first of three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games. The already 42 -year-old ten -time world champion Ulrich Salchow, who had won the first figure skating competition at the Olympic Games 1908 in London gold and thus thereafter as the defending champion was launched twelve years missed with fourth place just a medal. The Norwegian Andreas Krogh and Martin Stixrud won silver and bronze, respectively. With 44 years Stixrud is still the oldest male winner of an Olympic medal in a winter sports associated individual competition.


Date: April 25, 1920

Six women from four countries participated. The Swede Magda Julin won a complete surprise gold before their higher-rated rural women Norén Svea and the US-American Theresa Weld. Julin was pregnant at this time in the fourth month. It was the only time in Olympic history that an Olympic champion in figure skating by any judge was put on the first place. Julin had shortly before the long program change their planned music. She had trained to waltz On the Beautiful Blue Danube by Johann Strauss, but this was to use her forbidden due to prevailing anti- German resentment.

The bronze winner Theresa Weld was the first athlete that did not come from Europe and was able to win an Olympic medal in figure skating. In these games, she was the first woman who showed a Salchow. For this she was reprimanded, however, because it was considered unladylike and punished by some judges with deductions. Nevertheless, she won the freestyle.

In her only Olympic appearance in a single run, the two -time Olympic medalist in pairs skating, the British woman Phyllis Johnson, was fourth.


Date: April 26, 1920

Eight pairs from six nations participated. The favorites Ludowika Jakobsson and Walter Jakobsson, representing Finland, won gold in front of Alexia Bryn and Bryn Yngvar from Norway and Phyllis Johnson and Basil Williams of the United Kingdom. For Phyllis Johnson, it was already her second Olympic medal, having won in 1908 with her then partner James H. Johnson the silver medal.