Lolo Jones and the Top 5 Athletes to Compete in the Summer and Winter Olympics
Top 5 Athletes to Compete in Summer and Winter Olympics
The 2014 Winter Olympic Games are only a few weeks away. Athletes from all over the world will be on their way to Sochi Russia to represent their country in the biggest sporting event in the world.
The Athletes who compete in these games are without a doubt the top in their fields. In the Men’s Ice Hockey tournament, players come from the greatest leagues in the world, such as the KHL and the NHL to represent their home countries.
Many of these athletes trained their entire lives in just one sport. They dedicated many nights and early mornings to get their edge on the competition. However, there were also many of these athletes who were very talented in other sports. For example Team Canada’s Sidney Crosby is clearly the best hockey player in the world, but he was also a very talented baseball player. As a matter of fact, he one day went to nearby PNC Park in Pittsburgh and hit a few home runs over the tall Clemente Wall in right field.
The idea of an athlete competing in just one Olympics is great, but competing in both the Summer and Winter games, that is just crazy! In this article, I am going to show you five athletes that did just this. Other than Lolo Jones, which will be No. 5, these athletes won medals in both of their sports.
I know there were other athletes to do this same feat, however I want to honor some of those athletes that you may never have heard of before. Sit back, relax and enjoy the accomplishments of these talented individuals.
5. Lolo Jones
Lolo Jones is a very interesting Olympian. She has not only competed in the Summer Olympics in the past, but will represent the United States in the bobsled as a brakeman. Lolo Jones was a favorite to win gold in the 2008 Summer Olympics that were held in Beijing, China. Lolo was a 100 meter hurdles runner. She finished in seventh place because she tripped over a hurdle during the race. Now, she looks to win the gold medal in bobsledding. Some change, huh?
4. Clara Hughes
In 1996, Canadian Clara Huges won the bronze medal for the individual road race cycling as well as the individual time trial. In 2002, Huges then went to the Winter Olympic Games and won the bronze medal in the 5,000 meter speed skating event.
3. Jacob Tullin Thams
The Norwegians are famous for their skiing and their skiers. In 1924, Norwegian ski jumper Jacob Tullin Thams won gold for his country. Then, in 1936, he won the silver medal in yachting. I hope he never tried the jumping thing in the yacht. That could have been really bad.
2. Eddie Eagan
Every Olympian is a fighter. Eddie Eagan showed this in 1920 when he won a medal in the light heavy weight boxing tournament. Then, in 1932, he helped the U.S.A. four-man bobsled team win the gold medal. I wonder what hurt more, the fights or the wrecks on the track?
1. Christa Luding-Rothenburger
The Germans have had some of the best Olympians in the history of the games. When the country was divided between East and West, Christa Luding-Rothenburger was one of the most talented athletes in the world. She won gold in the 500 meter women’s speed skating and the silver in the 1,000 meter and then the bronze in the 500 meter in 1992. If that wasn’t enough on her Olympic resume, she also won the silver medal in the match sprint cycling event. Luding-Rothenburger is still the only athlete to ever win medals in both the Summer and the Winter Olympic Games.