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Irving Jaffee

Irving Jaffee (Skating.  Born, New York, NY, Sept. 15, 1906; died, San Diego, CA, Mar. 20, 1981.)  A victim of circumstance in 1928, Irving Jaffee became a national star in speed skating at the 1932 Olympics.  At St. Moritz, Switz., Jaffee easily turned in the best time in the grueling 10,000-meter event but the final was cancelled due to deteriorating conditions, and he was left with an unofficial victory.  At Lake Placid, N.Y., four years later, Jaffee took no chances, winning gold in both the 5,000-meter (9:40.8) and 10,000-meter (19:13.6) races.  He later gave exhibitions between periods of hockey games at the Garden.

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