"In 1933, [Sonia Henie] told me I was not really good enough to be second to her," [Vivi-Anne] Hulten says. "She pointed a finger right at my nose and screamed at me, and said, 'You are not nearly good enough to get second next to me. I'm so much better than you are.' And the feud started. She went after me in every which way from that point on....
Hulten remembers, for instance, a 1935 training trip to St. Moritz that required passage into Germany. She was stopped at the border, detained for seven hours and searched "from head to toe" - with no explanation from the guard, whose name she also remembers: Ulrich Schmidt.
Later in Germany, Hulten recalls, she sought out the Nazi propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels (who, along with Adolf Hitler, was a skating fan) to complain. Schmidt was summoned.
"I'll never forget him, as long as I live," Hulten says. "Goebbels made him get down on a knee and apologize to me. (Schmidt) said, 'Well, a young lady came through before her whose name was Sonja Henie. She told me this girl here would be smuggling jewelry, so we stopped her.'"