WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15: FIRST U.S. WOMEN'S SKATING CHAMP
Profile America -- Monday, February 15th. On this day in 1953, 17-year old Tenley Albright became the first American to win the women's World Figure Skating Championship, a feat she repeated two years later. She also won five U.S. championships in a row, and in 1956, became the first U.S. woman to win a figure skating gold medal in the Olympics. She ended her competitive skating with that victory and did not turn professional. Instead, Albright entered Harvard Medical School and went on to a career as a respected surgeon in Boston, where she has pioneered new techniques in the detection and treatment of cancer. There are over 940,000 physicians and surgeons in the U.S., more than a quarter of them women. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, conducting the 2010 Census beginning April 1st.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 7433
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 158
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look under the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau