Irving Jaffee

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameIrving Warren•Jaffee
Used nameIrving•Jaffee
Born15 September 1906 in New York, New York (USA)
Died20 March 1981 in San Diego, California (USA)
AffiliationsAmateur Skating Union
NOC United States


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).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) USA Irving Jaffee
500 metres, Men (Olympic) =11
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 7
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 4
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) AC
1932 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) USA Irving Jaffee
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) DNS
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold