Vivi-Anne Hultén in 1932
|Full name||Vivi-Anne Hultén|
25 August 1911|
|Died||15 January 2003(aged 91)|
|Skating club||Stockholms Allmänna Skridskoklubb|
|Olympic medal record|
|Bronze||1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen||Ladies' singles|
Vivi-Anne Hultén (25 August 1911 – 15 January 2003) was a Swedish figure skater who was a ten time national champion in ladies singles. She finished fifth at the 1932 Winter Olympics and then won the bronze medal at the 1936 Games. She was a two-time European bronze medalist and four time World medalist. However, despite besting her in one championship, she was overshadowed by rival Sonja Henie during most of her competitive career.
She was born in Antwerp.
Vivi-Anne Hulten was named all time woman athlete of Sweden by the Swedish papers. She was a 5 time Swedish figure skating champion. In 1933 she finished second to Sonia Henie at the World Figure Skating Championship held in Stockholm. Hulten won the bronze medal in the 1936 Winter Olympics.
After turning professional, Hultén toured with the Ice Follies Ice Cycles and Ice Capades. She later married fellow skater Gene Theslof, the seven year pair skating partner of her rival, Sonja Henie. Vivi-Anne and Gene Theslof formed an adagio figure skating pair and toured the USA and Europe together. In the mid 1960s she moved to the USA where she opened a large skating school in St. Paul, Minnesota with her husband.
Vivi-Anne was also hired as a skating coach by Herb Brooks for his Minnesota North Stars hockey team. She gave a command performance for the King and Queen of Sweden and also performed ten ice shows with Ice Capades in Minneapolis, Minnesota at age 80. Vivi-Anne actively taught on the ice until age 86.
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