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Ája Vrzáňová

Full name: Alena "Ája" Vrzáňová (-Zanová, -Steindler)
Other name(s): Aja Zane
Gender: Female
Born: May 16, 1931 in Prague, Hlavní město Praha, Czech Republic
Died: July 30, 2015
Affiliations: USK Praha, Praha (CZE)
Country: TCH Czechoslovakia
Sport: Figure Skating

Biography

Ája Vrzáňová was the first great Czechoslovakian figure skater, preceeding [Hana Mašková], although from 1946-50 she trained in London at the Richmond Ice Rink. Vrzáňová placed fifth at the 1948 Winter Olympics, and was third that year at the European Championships. In 1949 she placed second at the Europeans, but won the World Championship, followed by her winning both titles in 1950. Vrzáňová was known for her jumping ability and was the first female to successfully land a double Lutz in competition.

After her triumphant year of 1950, Vrzáňová moved to the United States where she was able to perform with the Ice Follies for three years, followed by 13 years skating with the Ice Capades. In order to do this she had to seek political asylum in the United Kingdom, and leave from there for America. In 1969 she married Paul Steindler, a Czech-American, and they opened a restaurant in New York, which was popular with other well-known Czech-Americans, including Milos Forman and [Martina Navratilová].

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Winter 16 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating Women's Singles Czechoslovakia TCH 5

Women's Singles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank MP TO TP RP O CFP FSP FSS
1948 Winter 16 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating Czechoslovakia Final Standings 5 9×6+ 44.0 1,377.4 153.044
1948 Winter 16 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating Czechoslovakia Final Standings Judge #1 6 148.7 6.0 85.1 63.6
1948 Winter 16 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating Czechoslovakia Final Standings Judge #2 6 152.8 6.0 89.2 63.6
1948 Winter 16 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating Czechoslovakia Final Standings Judge #3 6 151.8 6.0 85.2 66.6
1948 Winter 16 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating Czechoslovakia Final Standings Judge #4 6 152.8 6.0 88.6 64.2
1948 Winter 16 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating Czechoslovakia Final Standings Judge #5 6 148.6 6.0 84.4 64.2
1948 Winter 16 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating Czechoslovakia Final Standings Judge #6 3 152.6 3.0 89.6 63.0
1948 Winter 16 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating Czechoslovakia Final Standings Judge #7 4 156.0 4.0 90.0 66.0
1948 Winter 16 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating Czechoslovakia Final Standings Judge #8 5 157.0 5.0 92.2 64.8
1948 Winter 16 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating Czechoslovakia Final Standings Judge #9 2 157.1 2.0 92.9 64.2
1948 Winter 16 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating Czechoslovakia Compulsory Figures 7 6×7+ 61.5 797.2 88.578
1948 Winter 16 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating Czechoslovakia Compulsory Figures Judge #1 10 85.1 10.0
1948 Winter 16 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating Czechoslovakia Compulsory Figures Judge #2 7 89.2 7.0
1948 Winter 16 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating Czechoslovakia Compulsory Figures Judge #3 10 85.2 10.0
1948 Winter 16 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating Czechoslovakia Compulsory Figures Judge #4 7 88.6 7.0
1948 Winter 16 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating Czechoslovakia Compulsory Figures Judge #5 10 84.4 10.0
1948 Winter 16 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating Czechoslovakia Compulsory Figures Judge #6 6 89.6 6.0
1948 Winter 16 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating Czechoslovakia Compulsory Figures Judge #7 4T 90.0 4.5
1948 Winter 16 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating Czechoslovakia Compulsory Figures Judge #8 5 92.2 5.0
1948 Winter 16 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating Czechoslovakia Compulsory Figures Judge #9 2 92.9 2.0
1948 Winter 16 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating Czechoslovakia Free Skating 3 5×3+ 29.5 580.2 64.467
1948 Winter 16 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating Czechoslovakia Free Skating Judge #1 4 63.6 4.0 10.6
1948 Winter 16 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating Czechoslovakia Free Skating Judge #2 4 63.6 4.0 10.6
1948 Winter 16 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating Czechoslovakia Free Skating Judge #3 3 66.6 3.0 11.1
1948 Winter 16 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating Czechoslovakia Free Skating Judge #4 3T 64.2 4.0 10.7
1948 Winter 16 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating Czechoslovakia Free Skating Judge #5 2T 64.2 2.5 10.7
1948 Winter 16 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating Czechoslovakia Free Skating Judge #6 3 63.0 3.0 10.5
1948 Winter 16 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating Czechoslovakia Free Skating Judge #7 3 66.0 3.0 11.0
1948 Winter 16 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating Czechoslovakia Free Skating Judge #8 3T 64.8 3.5 10.8
1948 Winter 16 Sankt Moritz Figure Skating Czechoslovakia Free Skating Judge #9 2T 64.2 2.5 10.7
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