Inge Sørensen / by Molly Schiot

The youngest female swimmer to win an Olympic medal, Danish-born Sørensen took home bronze at the 1936 Olympics. Standing on the podium in Berlin, Sorensen made waves of a different kind when she refused to salute to Hitler. Sørensen was dubbed "Little Captivating Inge" and feted by 30,000 Danish supporters upon arriving back in Copenhagen. Following the Nazi occupation of Denmark in the early 1940s, the image of Sørensen refusing to heil Hitler became a moving symbol of Danish resistance.  After taking a swimming instruction course at age 20, it was determined that Sørensen had violated the amateur rules and was barred from competing in amateur athletics.  Sorensen moved to Sweden where she coached the national team to victory in 1945.  Settling in the US with her husband in the 1950s, Sorensen made three return visits to Denmark, each time travelling the Atlantic in her own boat.

The youngest female swimmer to win an Olympic medal, Danish-born Sørensen took home bronze at the 1936 Olympics. Standing on the podium in Berlin, Sorensen made waves of a different kind when she refused to salute to Hitler. Sørensen was dubbed "Little Captivating Inge" and feted by 30,000 Danish supporters upon arriving back in Copenhagen. Following the Nazi occupation of Denmark in the early 1940s, the image of Sørensen refusing to heil Hitler became a moving symbol of Danish resistance.  After taking a swimming instruction course at age 20, it was determined that Sørensen had violated the amateur rules and was barred from competing in amateur athletics.  Sorensen moved to Sweden where she coached the national team to victory in 1945.  Settling in the US with her husband in the 1950s, Sorensen made three return visits to Denmark, each time travelling the Atlantic in her own boat.