Sonja Henie, 1928
Before taking up skating, Sonja Henie, a petite Norwegian, was trained in ballet. She entered her first major international competition at the 1924 Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France. The 11-year-old Henie finished last in her event.
Four years later, she won her first gold medal in figure skating at the 1928 Olympics, and then again at the 1932 and 1936 Olympics, before hanging up her skates to pursue an acting career.
Henie is shown here in 1927, training for the 1928 Winter Games.