Name: Jack Shea
Sport: Long Track Speedskating
Event(s): 500-meter, 1,500
DOB: 9/7/1910
Birthplace: Lake Placid, N.Y.
Hometown: Lake Placid, N.Y.
High School: Lake Placid High School (Lake Placid, N.Y.)
College: Dartmouth College
Olympic Experience
  • Olympian (1932); two-time Olympic medalist (2 golds)
  • Lake Placid 1932, gold (500-meter, 1,500)
Personal: Son of James Shea, who was a state assemblyman...Won the North American men’s championships over two consecutive years as just a high school student...Took time off from his studies at Dartmouth College to train...Was selected to recite the Olympic oath on behalf of all the competitors at the Olympic Winter Games Lake Placid 1932...Received an outdoor celebration by more than 500 people when he returned to Dartmouth...Refused to skate at the 1936 Olympic Winter Games taking place in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany because of the direction Germany seemed to be taking in world politics...Studied political science in college...Attended Albany Law School for a year after college, but left to support his family financially...Worked a number of jobs, as a letter carrier, the secretary of golf at the Lake Placid Club, the town justice, etc...Father of three sons, Jack, Jim and Michael.