Florence ‘Madge’ Syers (1881-1917)
Madge Syers was a World and Olympic champion skater from London. She entered the all-male world championships in 1902, where she came second, forced the sport to recognise women’s skating and set up a separate event. She went on to win that title twice, in 1906 and 1907.
The following year, she became the first woman to win an Olympic ice skating gold medal, taking the title at the London Olympics, where she also claimed the bronze medal in the Pairs with her husband Edgar Syers.
Madge retired after the Olympics, and went on to write two books with Edgar: The Book of Winter Sports and The Art of Skating. The World Figure Skating Hall of Fame inducted her in 1981.