Aja Vrzanova-Steindler was born in Prague. Among her many figure skating triumphs, she was National Figure Skating Champion four times, a European Champion, Olympian 1948 (4th place), two times World Champion 1949 - 1950, star of Ice Follies 1951-1954 and star of Ice Capades 1954-1968. She was honored by Czech president Vaclav Klaus. She was the chairperson of the International Coordination Committee for Czechs Abroad. The Czech Government also honored her as an Outstanding Czech Woman in the World. In 2006, she was named by COMENIUS European Company for Arts and Sciences as Lady PRO of 2006 in the Czech Republic. She was a member of Zonta Int., a Czech charitable organization for Czech business women. Last but not least, she was named Outstanding Woman "Czech 100 Best" in 2006.
Interview prepared by the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library:
Orbituary in New York Times: