Lily Kronberger

1887 – 1974

by Jacov Sobovitz

Ice-skating champion Lily Kronberger was born in 1887 in Budapest, Hungary, where the participation of Jews in ice-skating was more the result of emulating the Hungarian nobility than of any other factor. At the first official world championships in 1906 Kronberger finished third. The following year she again took third place. Thereafter, she was ranked first until her retirement from competition.

In 1908 Lily Kronberger became the Hungarian champion and retained the title for two consecutive years. During the same year she also captured the world championship held in Tropau and remained the world’s best figure skater for three more years (1909 Budapest, 1910 Berlin and 1911 Vienna). Kronberger also significantly influenced the future course of ice-skating. It is said that she was the first figure skater to successfully complete an entire program with musical accompaniment.

Kronberger died in 1974 and was inducted into the World Figure Skating Museum in 1997.


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Sobovitz, Jacov. "Lily Kronberger." Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia. 27 February 2009. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on September 29, 2020) <>.


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