Aja Sanova


Age: 84

Summary: Czech world champion figure skater whose defection from Czechoslovakia as a teenager in 1950 made headlines around the world who was a five-time Czech national champion from 1946 to 1950 and won two world titles in 1949 and 1950, but who was credited with being the first woman to land a double lutz in competition (the jump entails taking off from a back outside edge, executing two rotations and landing on the same edge) during a feat she accomplished at the 1949 world championships in Paris.

Cause of Death: Complications from a recent stroke

Born: May 16, 1931

Died: July 10, 2015

New York City, New York