Charles Jewtraw

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Olympic medal record
Men's speed skating
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1924 Chamonix 500 m

Charles Jewtraw (May 5, 1900, in Clinton County, New York – January 26, 1996, in Palm Beach, Florida) was an American speed skater, best known for being first recipient of a gold medal at the first Winter Olympics.


Jewtraw grew up near Lake Placid, New York, and became the first gold medalist of the Winter Olympics by winning the opening event of the first Winter Olympic Games in Chamonix 1924: the 500 m speed skating.

At these games he also competed in the 5000 m speed-skate (placed 13th[1]) and in the 1500 m (placed 8th).

He retired as a speed-skater after the 1924 Olympic Games and became a representative for the Spalding Sporting Goods Company.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "1924 5000 m results". Retrieved 2006-07-23. 

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