BOSTON (AP) – Cecilia Colledge, an innovative figure skater who was the youngest athlete to compete in the Winter Olympics, has died.

Colledge died at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass., said Ben Wright, vice president of The Skating Club of Boston where Colledge was a teacher for nearly four decades. She was 87.

Colledge was 11 years and 3 months old when she competed for her native Great Britain in the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y.

She won a silver medal at the 1936 Olympics in Germany, second to Sonja Henie.

She was world champion in 1937, British champion five times and European champion on three occasions.

Colledge was the first woman to execute a double jump (a double salchow) and is credited with inventing the camel and layback spins and the one-foot axel jump.

She moved to the United States to coach and was a full-time teacher at The Skating Club of Boston from 1952 until 1977, and continued coaching part-time until 1990, Wright said.

“She was the last world champion still alive from before World War II and she was indeed a pioneer,” Wright said.

She was inducted into World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1980.

Magdalena Cecilia Colledge, who died April 12, never married and leaves no close relatives. She will be cremated and buried in England.


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