Fritzi Burger

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Fritzi Burger
Personal information
Full name Friederike "Fritzi" Burger
Country represented  Austria
Born (1910-06-06)6 June 1910
Vienna, Austria
Died 16 February 1999(1999-02-16) (aged 88)
Vienna, Austria
Olympic medal record
Representing  Austria
Figure skating
Silver medal – second place 1928 St. Moritz Ladies' singles
Silver medal – second place 1932 Lake Placid Ladies' singles

Friederike "Fritzi" Burger (6 June 1910, Vienna, Austria – 16 February 1999, Vienna, Austria) was an Austrian figure skater competitive in the late 1920s and early 1930s. She was Jewish.[1]


She won the first-ever contested European Championships, held in 1930. Sonja Henie, who held a monopoly in women's figure skating at the time, was not present at this championship and Burger never defeated her in competition. She placed second behind Henie at the 1928 and 1932 Winter Olympics, and in the 1929 and 1932 World Championships.

After the 1932 Olympics, Burger ended her skating career and went to London, where in 1935 she married Shinkichi Nishikawa, a grandson of the Japanese pearl tycoon Kokichi Mikimoto.[2] She returned with her husband to Vienna, where she gave birth to her son in the summer of 1937, just before Austria's annexation by Nazi Germany.

In the 1990s, living in the United States, she was interviewed for several documentaries on the history of figure skating.


Event 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934
Winter Olympic Games 2nd 2nd
World Championships 3rd 2nd 3rd 2nd
European Championships 1st 2nd 2nd 3rd
Austrian Championships 3rd 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 3rd


  • "I had two husbands. She even beat me at that. She had three." – Fritzi Burger speaking of Sonja Henie, in a 1994 interview.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Taylor, Paul (2004). Jews and the Olympic Games: The Clash Between Sport and Politics : with a Complete Review of Jewish Olympic Medallists. Sussex Academic Press. ISBN 9781903900871. 
  2. ^ "Milestones, Aug. 19, 1935". Time. August 19, 1935. Retrieved May 3, 2010. 
  3. ^ ESPN 1928 sports history, accessed July 20, 2006.

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