Henry Uihlein II (1896 - 1997) was a successful businessman internationally-known philanthropist. Uihlein was also a sports organizer with a passion for speed skating and enthusiastic supporter of the 1924 Olympic champion skater, Charles Jewtraw. He was also prominent in speed skating organizations on both the national and local levels. He was instrumental in bringing the Eastern Championships of speed skating to Lake Placid in 1914 and the village’s first International event in 1920 when they hosted the International Outdoor Speed Skating Championships. Largely through Uihlein’s efforts, Lake Placid gained world-wide recognition as a skating and winter sports center.