Charles Jewtraw (May 5, 1900 – January 26, 1996) was an American speed skater, who won the first gold medal (in the 500 m) at the first Winter Olympics in 1924; he finished eighth in the 1500 m and 13th in the 5000 m events. Jewtraw won national titles in 1921 and 1923 and held the national record in 100 yards at 9.4 seconds. After the 1924 Games he retired from competitions and moved to New York, where he became a representative for the Spalding Sporting Goods Company.[1]

Charles Jewtraw
Charles Jewtraw in 1921
Personal information
BornMay 5, 1900
Clinton County, New York, United States
DiedJanuary 26, 1996 (aged 95)
Palm Beach, Florida, United States
Height176 cm (5 ft 9 in)
SportSpeed skating
ClubLake Placid Speed Skating Club
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)500 m – 44.0 (1924)
1500 m – 2:31.6 (1924)
5000 m – 9:27.0 (1924)
Medal record
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1924 Chamonix 500 m

Jewtraw moved to Palm Beach, Florida, where he died in January 1996 at 95 years of age.[2] He was married to Natalie, who died in November 1994.

Jewtraw's gold medal is now located in the Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.[2]

References edit

  1. ^ "Charles Jewtraw". Archived from the original on April 18, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Charlie Jewtraw, Speed Skater, 95". The New York Times. February 1, 1996.

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Preceded by
First medal
Athlete with the most medals at Winter Olympics
January 26, 1924 – January 26, 1924
With: Oskar Olsen
Roald Larsen
Clas Thunberg
Succeeded by