PHOENIX, Arizona, March 22. DENMARK's 1936 Olympic bronze medalist Inge Sorensen passed away at her home in New Jersey earlier this month (March 9). Sorensen won an Olympic bronze medal in the 200-meter breaststroke at the age of 12 while representing Denmark at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
At the time, she earned the moniker "Little Captivating Inge," and was greeted as a national hero after her medal-winning performance in Berlin. She is also known for refusing to compete for the Nazis when Nazi leaders attempted to get her to compete for them, while other Danish swimmers like Ragnhild Hveger and Jenny Kammersgaard chose to take part in the Nazi regime.
"We don't know her motives. Since she didn't have any hesitations to meet the Germans during the war in Denmark, the argument that it was her parents' fear that prevented her from going to Germany to compete seems probable," Professor Hans Bonde told The Copenhagen Post.
Sorensen retired in 1944, and began teaching swimming. She wound up helping train the Swedish National Team in 1945, then married Janus Tabur in 1948 before moving to the United States for good in 1951.