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A Step By Step Journey Through Ice Skating History

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Sonja Henie Introduced Short Skating Skirts and White Ice Skating Boots
Sonja Henie

Sonja Henie

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Sonja Henie won the Olympic figure skating title in 1928, 1932, and in 1936. Ice skating attire until her time was similar to street clothing. Henie introduced the idea of short and beautiful figure skating skirts and dresses. Also, before she appeared in the figure skating world, female ice skaters wore black figure skates. Henie introduced the idea that women and girls should wear white ice skating boots. In the 1930s, her figure skating movies and ice shows increased the popularity of figure skating throughout the world. She was and is considered the first figure skating celebrity in history.

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