Vera Ralston was a Czech figure skater and actress. She later became a naturalized American citizen. She worked as an actress during the 1940s and 1950s. Ralston was born V?ra Helena Hrubá to a wealthy jeweler in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Her age was uncertain; Ralston at various times gave 1919, 1920, 1921, and 1923 as her year of birth.
As a figure skater, she represented Czechoslovakia in competition under her birth name Vera Hrubá.
She competed at the 1936 European Figure Skating Championships and placed 15th. Later that season, she competed at the 1936 Winter Olympics, where she placed 17th. During the games, she personally met and insulted Adolf Hitler. Hitler asked her if she would like to “skate for the swastika.” As she later recalled, “I looked him right in the eye, and said that I’d rather skate on the swastika. The Führer was furious.”
Hruba competed at the 1937 European Figure Skating Championships and placed 7th.