Ivana Trump was best known for her style and beauty and, of course, for being the first wife of President Donald Trump and mother of Donald, Jr., Ivanka, and Eric. Yet it was not her fashion sense that brought her to the West in the 1970s, escaping the communist regime in her native Czechoslovakia. His first love and skill that set him on a path towards the first former president were skiing.
early days in the mountains
Ivana was born as Ivana Zelnikova in the city of Zlin. Which is now located on the eastern edge of the Czech Republic. She started skiing competitively at the age of four. And soon she was old enough to compete with the national junior team. Traveling all over Europe and the world. Some reports claim that she was also an alternate on the Czechoslovakian Olympic team in 1972. However, that claim was later disputed by the national team in 1989.
Divorced just a year after moving to Angeles
Although it is not disputed that skiing brought her to her first husband, an Austrian ski instructor named Alfred Winklemeyer. whom he married in 1971. Through Winklemeier, he obtained an Austrian passport, which allowed him to leave communist Czechoslovakia legally. Very rare at the height of the Cold War. Winklemeyer and Ivana divorced just a year after they moved to Los Angeles.
Skiing continued to play a role
Ivana is reunited with an old flame, George Sirovatka. who moved to Canada in 1971. Soon, Ivana was working with Sirovatka as a ski instructor in Quebec. While skiing during the day, she attended English classes at McGill University and started modeling. While she was not a competitive skier in the 1976 Olympics. She worked as a model in promotional materials for the Montreal Games.
Married just a year after having their first child, Donald, Jr.
Finally, in 1976, she was with a group of models. Joe traveled to New York City for work and met Donald Trump. whom she would marry in late 1977, just a year after having her first child, Donald, Jr. Ivanka came together in 1981. And Eric will complete the family in 1984. The couple got divorced in the 1990s. But that is a story of a different day.