SALCHOW Ulrich (1877-1949) Germany / Figure skating
Salchow was the first ever Olympic figure skating champion.He got two prizes at the 1908 London games, before the winter games had been instituted. He had no difficulty winning the title in this sport which he had dominated for more than ten years. Ulrich Salchow did brilliantly in the set figures, scoring points that would make up for his less perfect performances in the free figure events. He was also to write a reference book on the subject.After the first world war Salchow attempted to win another title at the age of forty-two at the 1920 Antwerp games. Unfortunately he fell and only finished fourth.