Sonya Klopfer

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Sonya Klopfer
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Country represented  United States

Sonya Klopfer Dunfield is an American figure skater. She is the 1951 U.S. national champion. Having won at age 15, she was the youngest U.S. ladies' champion until Tara Lipinski won in 1997 at age 14.[1] Klopfer is a two-time World medalist (bronze in 1951 and silver in 1952). She placed 4th at the 1952 Winter Olympics.

Following her retirement from competitive skating, she married Peter Dunfield and worked as a coach. She coached Dorothy Hamill,[2] Elizabeth Manley, and Scott Smith among many others. She was inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame in 2001.[3] and in 2005 was inducted along with her husband, Peter Dunfield, into the Professional Skaters Association' Coaches Hall of Fame.[4]

Klopfer was named after Sonja Henie.[5]



Event 1950 1951 1952
Winter Olympics 4th
World Championships 5th 3rd 2nd
North American Championships 1st
U.S. Championships 2nd 1st