Charles Jewtraw

Charles Jewtraw

Charles Jewtraw in 1921
Personal information
Born May 5, 1900
Clinton County, New York, United States
Died January 26, 1996 (aged 95)
Palm Beach, Florida, United States
Height 176 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Sport Speed skating
Club Lake 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)

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 he 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 moved to Palm Beach, Florida where he died in January 1996 (at 95 years old.) Charles Jewtraw was married to Natalie, who died in November 1994.

Charles gold medal was the first ever gold medal to be brought back to the U.S.A, and is now located in the Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution.


  1. Charles Jewtraw.

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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
Finland Clas Thunberg and Norway Roald Larsen

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