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Nancy Heiss is a former American figure skater. She was the 1955 U.S. junior champion. At the senior level she placed 4th at the United States Figure Skating Championships in 1957 and 1958, and won the silver medal at the 1959 event. In those three years she also qualified to skate at the World Figure Skating Championships, where she placed 8th, 6th, and 8th, respectively.[1]

Nancy Heiss
Personal information
Country represented United States

Heiss was unable to compete in the 1959-1960 season due to an ankle injury, and enrolled at Michigan State University that fall instead. While she announced an intention to return to competition after recovering from her injury, in the end she chose to concentrate on her studies.[2]

Nancy Heiss is the younger sister of 1960 Olympic Champion Carol Heiss. Their younger brother Bruce Heiss was also an elite competitor. During the 1950s, the skating Heiss siblings were featured in publications such as Life magazine.[3]

Like her sister Carol, Nancy Heiss was coached by Pierre Brunet during her competitive career.[4]


Event 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
World Championships 8th 6th 8th
North American Championships 3rd
U.S. Championships 1st J. 4th 4th 2nd


  1. ^ United States Figure Skating Association 1998/99 Media Guide
  2. ^ "News About Skaters", Skating magazine, June 1960
  3. ^ Nancy Heiss photos
  4. ^ "Tragic Crash Shocks Officials Here", The Ottawa Citizen, Feb 14 1961