Ludowika Jakobsson

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Ludowika Jakobsson
Ludowika and Walter Jakobsson.jpg
Ludowika and Walter Jakobsson
Personal information
Country represented Germany
Born(1884-07-25)25 July 1884
Potsdam, Germany
Died1 November 1968(1968-11-01) (aged 84)
Helsinki, Finland
Former partnerWalter Jakobsson

Ludovika Antje Margareta Jakobsson-Eilers (née Eilers, 25 July 1884 – 1 November 1968) was a German-Finnish figure skater. Competing in pair skating with skating partner and husband Walter Jakobsson, she won the gold medal at the 1920 Summer Olympics, where she was the only German-born athlete, and became the oldest female figure skating Olympic champion. The pair also earned three world titles, in 1911, 1914 and 1923, and finished second and fifth at the 1924 and 1928 Olympics, respectively. Eilers also had some success in single skating, winning a bronze medal at the 1911 World Championships.[1]

Early years[edit]

Eilers met Jakobsson in 1907 while he was studying engineering in Berlin. They began competing together in 1910 and married in 1911; hence the International Skating Union counts their 1910–1911 medals as half-German, half-Finnish, and those after 1911 as Finnish. The couple lived in Berlin until 1916, when they moved to Helsinki. There Walter got a job of technical director with Konecranes, a leading manufacturer of cranes, while Ludovika starred in a few Finnish silent films.[1]

Results in ladies' singles[edit]

Event 1911 1912 1917
World Championships 3rd 7th
Finnish Championships 1st

Results in pairs with Walter Jakobsson[edit]

Event 1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1919 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1928
Winter Olympics 1st 2nd 5th
World Championships 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd 1st
Nordic Championships 1st 1st
Finnish Championships 1st 1st


  1. ^ a b Ludovika Jakobsson-Eilers.