Ice skaters who competed in the 1936 Winter Olympics seemed to have been attracted to Hollywood.
The best known is Norwegian Sonja Henie, who starred in 20th Century Fox musical comedies in the 1930s. Then English Belita, who entered films in 1944, skated in a few musicals before turning to film-noir roles.
Then there was Vera Hrubá Ralston of Czechoslovakia. Ralston entered into films in the early 1940s and starred in more than just ice skating musicals, including a couple of westerns with John Wayne.
Born Vera Hrubá, Vera studied ballet as a child and turned to ice skating when she was 10 years old, according to her 2003 Los Angeles Times obituary.
She skated in the women’s figure skating singles in the 1936 Winter Olympics, which are now famous because of Adolf Hitler’s attendance. Vera came in 17th place at the Olympics.