Photo - Erna Elvira FREDERIKSEN

Flag - DEN Denmark

Deaflympic / World Championships Medals:

7 4 1

First Deaflympic Games: Stockholm 1939

Born: 1917

Deceased: 12 Sep 2010

Gender: w

She grew up near Østerbro Stadium in Copenhagen where her father was inspector and she soon became a strong player in tennis.

Her first international appearance at the World Games for the Deaf (now Summer Deaflympics) was in Stockholm 1939 at the age 22 where she won a silver medal in women’s single. She no doubt could have taken part in London 1935 but Denmark sent a small team only to these games without tennis players. Ten years later, at the Copenhagen Games 1949 she started her raid to win gold medals in not only singles but also women’s doubles and mixed doubles. It was no surprise that she won 3 gold medals in all three events. Due to a traffic accident she was unable to take part in Brussels 1953 (where she was a favorite to win all three tennis events). However, she took revenge at the next three games, Milan 1957, Helsinki 1961 and Washington 1965 where she took all 5 gold medals and 1 silver medal. She continued to win medals in Belgrade 1969 and Malmö 1973.

In total she won 11 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze medals over a period of 34 years. It would have been more if not World War II led to a break of 10 years.

She played in the Maere cup for Denmark several times and was the anchor when Denmark won the cup 1968, 1974 and 1976. Her last international appearance in tennis was the Maere Cup 1982 where she was 65 years old.

She was an international star also in badminton but this sport was not on the World Games programme until she was too old to take part. She no doubt would have won a lot of medals in this sport too.

She was appointed the Danish Deaf Sports person for the 20th Century.

Erna Frederiksen leaves a daughter and a son-in-law. Her husband, Torkil, a well-known leader, national and international, died in 1978.

Deaflympics / World ChampionshipsSportEventResult
Stockholm 1939 *TennisSinglesSilver
Copenhagen 1949 *TennisDoublesGold
Copenhagen 1949 *TennisMixed Doubles
Copenhagen 1949 *TennisSinglesGold
Milan 1957 *TennisDoublesGold
Milan 1957 *TennisMixed Doubles
Milan 1957 *TennisSinglesGold
Helsinki 1961 *TennisDoublesGold
Helsinki 1961 *TennisMixed Doubles
Helsinki 1961 *TennisSinglesSilver
Washington DC 1965 *TennisDoublesGold
Washington DC 1965 *TennisMixed Doubles
Washington DC 1965 *TennisSinglesGold
Belgrade 1969 *TennisDoublesSilver
Belgrade 1969 *TennisMixed Doubles
Belgrade 1969 *TennisSinglesSilver
Malmo 1973 *TennisDoublesBronze
Malmo 1973 *TennisMixed Doubles
* Deaflympics