Heiss Jenkins took home the silver medal at the 1956 Olympics in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, where she was runner-up to fellow American Tenley Albright.
She followed by capturing gold at the 1956 World Figure Skating Championships, defeating Albright for the first of her five consecutive World titles. From 1957-60, she won four consecutive U.S. championships and was crowned Olympic champion at the 1960 Olympics in Squaw Valley, Calif.
“I’m so thrilled to be inducted,” Heiss Jenkins said. “It’s great to be a part of the other figure skaters who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. It’s such an honor.”
The U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Class of 2008 will be inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame on June 19 in Chicago at the Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theatre and will be televised by NBC. The group is composed of nine Olympians, one Paralympian, an Olympic coach, Veteran, Team and Special Contributor
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