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R.I.P. Cecilia Colledge

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Cecilia Colledge, figure skating's 1937 ladies world champion, five-time British champion and three-time European Champion, died this week in Massachusetts. She was 87 years old.

At the 1932 Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, Colledge became the youngest competitor in Olympics' history at 11 years old and 75 days old.

Here's some more from The Telegraph's obituary:

Cecilia Colledge's rivalry with Megan Taylor was intense (when Cecilia beat Megan into second place for the British title in 1938, the runner-up congratulated her conqueror then promptly burst into tears), and Cecilia's mother arranged for the two girls to meet for a tea-party to talk away their differences.

During the Second World War the major figure skating competitions, including the Olympics, went into abeyance, and Cecilia Colledge served as an ambulance driver in the Mechanised Transport Corps in London during the Blitz.

After winning the first postwar British championship in 1946 she turned professional, and starred in a big ice revue in London. She won the "open" professional ladies' championship of Great Britain in 1947 and 1948.

She then retired from competitive skating and moved to the United States, where she became a coach. For a year she trained skaters at Lake Placid before moving to the Boston area.

Kwantifiable has a conglomeration of Colledge articles, new and old.