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Winter Olympics begin in Lake Placid

Updated: January 29, 2002, 10:33 AM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Feb. 4, 1932

On the opening day of the 1932 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, N.Y., speed skater Irving Jaffee drives through a bitter wind and raging snowstorm to dethrone Norway's Ivar Ballangrud, the world record holder, in the 5,000 meters. Jaffee edges out fellow American Eddie Murphy.

Jack Shea of Lake Placid is a popular victor in the 500 meters, beating co-defending champ Bernt Evensen of Norway by five yards.

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