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Her wiki entry was updated on July 4 to include a reference to her obituary published on a Swiss news website. It cited her death as having occurred on June 18, 2021: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeannette_Altwegg1952 Olympic Gold medalist Jeannette Altwegg passed away.
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IFS article by Susan D. Russell (August 10, 2011):
Great Britain’s Jeannette Altwegg retired after claiming the 1952 Olympic title and moved to Switzerland to work with child refugees.
For almost six decades Altwegg declined all interview requests, stating a desire for privacy. All that changed when the organizers of the 2011 European Championships extended an invitation to Altwegg to attend the gala in Bern, Switzerland. She accepted.
When asked why she had walked away from a lucrative professional career, Altwegg explained it was because of an injury. “I messed up my knee in my last year of competing and at that time they were not able to operate on it as they are now. So that is why I stopped skating. In a way it is good to stop when you are at your peak. It is nice that you don’t go on and on.”
Born in Mumbai, India on Sep. 8, 1930 to a Swiss father and an English mother, Altwegg was raised in Lancashire, England. Though skating was her passion, she also excelled at tennis and was the runner-up at the 1947 Wimbledon junior final.
Altwegg recalled her first Olympic adventure in St. Moritz in 1948, where she claimed the bronze medal behind Canada’s Barbara Ann Scott and Austria’s Eva Pawlik. “Everyone just came and nobody knew anyone else,” she said. “There was no village or anything. Everyone booked their own hotels. We asked ourselves things like, ‘What are we going to wear?’ It was really lovely. It really was special.”