Lily Kronberger

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Lily Kronberger
Lily Kronberger
Personal information
Country represented  Hungary
Born (1890-11-12)November 12, 1890
Died May 21, 1974(1974-05-21) (aged 83)
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Lily Kronberger

Lily Kronberger (12 November 1890 – 21 May 1974), also spelled Lili Kronberger, was a Hungarian figure skater competitive during the early years of modern figure skating. She was Hungary’s first World Champion.

Early life

Kronberger was born in Budapest in 1890.


Kronberger won a World bronze medal in 1906, at the first official World Championships to include a ladies' event.

She won bronze again in 1907, and four gold medals from 1908 to 1911.

She was the first athlete to win a world championship gold for Hungary.

In 1911, Kronberger became the first skater to use musical accompaniment during her entire free program. She did this at the suggestion of Zoltán Kodály.

She died in Budapest in 1974, at the age of 83.

Halls of Fame

Kronberger, who was Jewish, was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1983.[1]

She was inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1997.


Event 1906 1907 1908 1909 1910 1911
World Championships 3rd 3rd 1st 1st 1st 1st
Hungarian Championships* 1st 1st 1st

*Co-ed competition from 1900–1922

See also


  1. Lili Kronberger at

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