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Irving Jaffee

Full name: Irving Warren Jaffee
Gender: Male
Born: September 15, 1906 in New York, New York, United States
Died: March 20, 1981 in San Diego, California, United States
Affiliations: Amateur Skating Union
Country: USA United States
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

Irv Jaffee's first important title was the Silver Skates two-mile in 1926. On the strength of this, and several American records in 1927, he was considered an excellent prospect for a medal at the 1928 Olympics in St. Moritz. Jaffee finished fourth that year in the 5,000 meters, but his best chance was thought to be in the 10,000. Paired with 1927 world champion Bernt Evensen, Jaffee matched his strides for six miles and then out-kicked him to take the lead in the event. But the weather was warm, and the outdoor rink was beginning to soften and gradually melt. A few pairs later, the event was called off, the results voided, and Jaffee was denied any medal although several skaters, including Evensen, protested to the officials that Jaffee should be declared the champion. In 1932 Jaffee qualified again for the Olympic team and this time fared much better. Skating in the more familiar American pack style, Jaffee outkicked the field twice to win the 5,000 and 10,000 meter titles. Jaffee later went on to become winter sports director at the Grossinger resort in New York and also coached several U.S. Olympic speed skaters.

Personal Bests: 500 – 45.2 (1928); 1500 – 2:26.7 (1928); 5000 – 8:42.2 (1928); 10000 – 18:36.5 (1928).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Winter 21 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Men's 500 metres United States USA 11T
1928 Winter 21 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres United States USA 7
1928 Winter 21 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres United States USA 4
1928 Winter 21 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres United States USA AC
1932 Winter 25 Lake Placid Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres United States USA 1 Gold
1932 Winter 25 Lake Placid Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres United States USA 1 Gold

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1928 Winter 21 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating United States Final Standings 11T 45.2

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1928 Winter 21 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating United States Final Standings 7 2:26.7

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k 3k 3.4k 3.8k 4.2k 4.6k
1928 Winter 21 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating United States Final Standings 4 9:01.3 1:04.4 1:47.0 2:29.0 3:12.2 3:55.0 4:38.7 5:22.0 6:06.2 6:50.0 7:34.8 8:19.4
1932 Winter 25 Lake Placid Speed Skating United States Final Round 1 9:40.8
1932 Winter 25 Lake Placid Speed Skating United States Round One Heat 1 1 Q 9:52.0

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 4c 8c 1.2k 1.6k 2k 2.4k 2.8k 3.2k 3.6k 4k 4.4k 4.8k 5.2k 5.6k 6k 6.4k 6.8k 7.2k 7.6k 8k 8.4k 8.8k 9.2k 9.6k
1928 Winter 21 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating United States Final Standings AC 18:36.5 48 1:31 2:15 2:58 3:43 4:27 5:11 5:56 6:43 7:29 8:14.5 9:01 9:45.5 10:30 11:15 11:59.4 12:44.5 13:29 14:13.5 14:59 15:43 16:28.5 17:14 17:57
1932 Winter 25 Lake Placid Speed Skating United States Final Round 1 19:13.6
1932 Winter 25 Lake Placid Speed Skating United States Round One Heat 2 1 Q 18:05.4
1932 Winter 25 Lake Placid Speed Skating United States Original Round One Heat 2 3