Tenley Albright

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameTenley Emma•Albright (-Gardiner, -Blakely)
Used nameTenley•Albright
Born18 July 1935 in Newton Center, Massachusetts (USA)
AffiliationsSkating Club of Boston, Boston (USA)
NOC United States
Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 2


At the age of 12, Tenley Albright contracted a mild form of polio but was told to continue skating to help her minimize the loss of any leg muscles. The therapy apparently worked well because only five months later she won the Eastern Juvenile title, the first of many victories. Tenley Albright won her first of five consecutive national titles in 1952. She was also world champion in 1953 and 1955. At the 1956 Olympics, she was hoping to better her 1952 silver medal performance but suffered a large gash in one leg while training. Despite the pain, she continued training and defeated arch-rival Carol Heiss for the gold. Albright attended Radcliffe and then Harvard Medical School and later became a general surgeon. In 1982 she became a vice president of the U.S. Olympic Committee. She has been twice married, the first to Tudor Gardiner, the son of a former Maine governor.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1952 Winter Olympics Figure Skating (Skating) USA Tenley Albright
Singles, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver
1956 Winter Olympics Figure Skating (Skating) USA Tenley Albright
Singles, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold

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