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Hayes Alan Jenkins

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Hayes Alan Jenkins
Hayes (left) and David Jenkins in 1956
Born (1933-03-23) March 23, 1933 (age 91)
Akron, Ohio, U.S.
Figure skating career
CountryUnited States
Skating clubBroadmoor SC
Cleveland Skating Club
Medal record
Representing  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo Men's Singles
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1956 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Singles
Gold medal – first place 1955 Vienna Singles
Gold medal – first place 1954 Oslo Singles
Gold medal – first place 1953 Davos Singles
Bronze medal – third place 1952 Paris Singles
Bronze medal – third place 1950 London Singles
North American Championships
Gold medal – first place 1955 Regina Singles
Gold medal – first place 1953 Cleveland Singles

Hayes Alan Jenkins (born March 23, 1933) is an American former figure skater. He is the 1956 Olympic champion, a four-time World champion (1953–1956), and a four-time U.S. national champion (1953–1956).

Personal life[edit]

Jenkins was born on March 23, 1933, in Akron, Ohio, the elder brother of David Jenkins, also an American former figure skater.[1] He attended Colorado College and Harvard Law School. He went on to work for the Goodyear tire company as an international lawyer.[1]

In 1961, Jenkins married U.S. figure skater Carol Heiss, who won silver at the 1956 Olympics and gold in 1960.[2] The couple have three children together.[3]

Skating career[edit]

In 1949, Jenkins won his first senior national medal, bronze, and placed 6th in Paris, France, at his first World Championships. The following year, he became the national silver medalist and took bronze at the 1950 World Championships in London, England.

Jenkins placed 5th in the compulsory figures, third in the free skating, and 4th overall at the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo, Norway.[1]

In 1953, Jenkins became the national champion for the first time.[4] He went on to win the first of his four consecutive world titles.

Ranked first in the compulsory figures and second in free skating, he won the gold medal as the U.S. swept the men's podium at the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.[5] He retired from competitive skating after winning his fourth world title later in the same year.

The brothers received financial support from the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and a foundation.[6]

Competitive highlights[edit]

Event 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956
Winter Olympics 4th 1st
World Championships 6th 3rd 4th 3rd 1st 1st 1st 1st
North American Champ. 1st 1st
U.S. Championships 3rd 2nd 3rd 3rd 1st 1st 1st 1st


  1. ^ a b c "Hayes Jenkins". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on September 25, 2015.
  2. ^ Findling, John E.; Pelle, Kimberly D. (1996). Historical Dictionary of the Modern Olympic Movement. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 261. ISBN 0-313-28477-6. Retrieved 2010-03-03. 1956 winter olympics.
  3. ^ Reinhard, Katherine (January 8, 1998). "Heiss Jenkins Is Going For More Gold In 2002 * 1960 Olympic Titlist Hopes A Student Finishes First In Salt Lake City". The Morning Call. Archived from the original on August 8, 2017.
  4. ^ "Past U.S. Champions – Senior" (PDF). Archived from the original on February 9, 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  5. ^ VII Olympic Winter Games: Official Report (PDF). Cortina d'Ampezzo: Italian National Olympic Committee. 1956. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-11-02. Retrieved 2010-03-02.
  6. ^ Elliott, Helene (January 7, 2002). "In Long Run, Little Things Remain". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on November 18, 2017. Retrieved November 12, 2017.

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