Friederike "Fritzi" Burger (June 6, 1910, Vienna, Austria - February 16, 1999, Vienna, Austria) was an Austrian figure skater competitive in the late 1920s and early 1930s.


She won the first-ever contested European Championships, held in 1930. Sonja Henie, who held a monopoly in women's figure skating at the time, was not present at this championship and Burger never defeated her in competition. She placed second behind Henie at the 1928 and 1932 Winter Olympics, and in the 1929 and 1932 World Championships.

After the 1932 Olympics, Burger ended her skating career and went to London, where in 1935 she married Shinkichi Nishikawa, a grandson of the Japanese pearl tycoon Kokichi Mikimoto[1]. She returned with her husband to Vienna where she gave birth to her son in the spring of 1938, just before Austria's annexation by Nazi Germany.

In the 1990s, living in the United States, she was interviewed for several documentaries on the history of figure skating.

Competitive highlights Edit

Event 1928 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933
Olympic Games 2nd 2nd
Worlds 3rd 2nd 3rd 2nd
Europeans 1st 2nd 2nd 3rd


  • "I had two husbands. She even beat me at that. She had three." -- Fritzi Burger speaking of Sonja Henie, in a 1994 interview.[2]


  1. TIME article
  2. ESPN 1928 sports history, accessed July 20, 2006.

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