Who has competed, and won, in both Winter and Summer Olympics? (2023)

Archives show at least 128 athletes have competed in both games, but few have reached the podium in both.

ATLANTA — Few athletes have an opportunity to compete in theOlympics,and even fewer are skilled enough to qualify for both the summer and winter editions of the games.

There's even a smaller pool of athletes that have earned a medal in both. According to modern Olympics archives, about 128 athletes have competed in both thewinter and summer editions of the international competition.

A fraction of those athletes competed in both Olympics in the same sport in the 1920s, which was possible because the 1920 Games - before there were a separate Summer and Winter Olympics - included hockey and ice skating.

Those hockey players and figure skaters of the 1920 Summer Olympics then competed again in the proper Winter Olympics when they were established four years later in 1924, and the sports moved accordingly.

Though it's no longer possible to qualify for both the Winter and Summer Olympics with just one sport, it hasn't stopped six incredible athletes from mastering two sports and going for the gold.

Below is a list of Olympic athletes who have managed to reach the podium in both editions of the Games.

Eddie Eagan - United States
Boxing and bobsleigh

For decades, Eddie Eagan was the only man to have earned a gold medal at both the Winter and Summer Olympics in different disciplines, but he will forever be the first man to do it.

Only 4 athletes have won medals in both the Winter and Summer Olympics .

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But only 1 has won gold at both winter and summer Olympics

Eddie Eagan #boxing heavy weight Division 1920 GOLD
1932 GOLD 4 man bobsled pic.twitter.com/zE5pznMZ1l

— @Georgebakhos1 (@GeorgeBakhos1) January 19, 2018

Eagen of Team USA was a boxer and competed in the 1920 and 1924 Summer Games in the ring. He earned the gold medal in 1920 competing in the light-heavyweight division. Next Olympics, he went up a division but didn't place - however, that wasn't the end of his Olympic journey.

Nearly a decade later he received a call from the U.S. Olympic Bobsleigh Committee. Team USA was down a competitor and needed a fourth man to round out the team.

On a whim, Eagan agreed and though he had never stepped foot in a bobsleigh, the team won gold during the 1932 Lake Placid Games.

Jacob Tullin Thams - Norway
Ski jumping and sailing

Jacob Tullin Thams competed in the first Winter Olympics at Chamonix in 1924, becoming the first Olympic ski jumping gold medalist in history.

Newspaper archives show Thams was known for his daring jumps and was a Winter Olympian to watch in the next Games, jumping an incredible 73 meters, or about 239 feet. He didn't stick the landing in 1928, with speculation that it cost him a spot on the podium.

Norwegian ski jumper Jacob Tullin Thams and friend pic.twitter.com/rxrUJHK26o

— Chamonix 1924 (@Chamonix1924) February 2, 2018

After his skiing career, he competed in men's sailing as a member of the Norwegian team in the 8-meter class that won the silver medal at Berlin in the 1936 Games. This incredible feat made him the second athlete and the second male Olympian with medals from Summer and Winter Games, following Eagan.

Christa Luding-Rothenburger - Germany
Speed skating and cycling

Christa Luding-Rothenburger is the first athlete to medal at the Summer and Winter Olympics in the same year, archives show. She's also the first woman, and one of the only, to have earned a medal in both editions of the Games.

To help train for her first Olympics, her coach encouraged her to take up cycling during the off-season.

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The answer was: Christa Luding-Rothenburger - in speed skating and cycling in 1988 👏!#OlympicFirsts pic.twitter.com/Mm8Lg6BHw9

— Olympics (@Olympics) March 7, 2021

Sticking to her winning regimen, Luding-Rothenburger won the gold in the 1000m and the silver in the 500m speed skating competition at the Calgary Winter Olympics in 1988.

Later that year during the Seoul Olympics, she earned the silver medal in the track cycling sprint competition.

Clara Hughes - Canada
Speed skating and cycling

Luding-Rothenburger wasn't the only athlete to master speed skating and cycling. Clara Hughes would break her own records competing in both disciplines.

Hughes decided to take up speed skating after the Calgary Winter Olympics, but after being noticed by a cycling coach, she pivoted to competitive track and road cycling. Hughes would later win the bronze in the road race and time trial competitions in Atlanta during the 1996 Olympics. She later competed in the Sydney Games but didn't place.

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Just 17 months later, Hughes returned to speed skating and competed in Salt Lake during the 2002 Winter Olympics, winning bronze in the 5000m race.

And she kept on winning.

Hughes won gold in the 5000m and silver in the team pursuit with her speed skating skills during the 2006 Games. She concluded her Winter Olympics career at Vancouver in 2010 with another bronze in the 5000m.

With an Olympic experience that spans decades, and the ability to stand on six Olympic podiums across Summer and Winter Games, archives show Hughes is the only athlete to have won multiple medals in both competitions.

Lauryn Williams - United States
Athletics and bobsleigh

Lauryn Williams has a legacy of being a top sprinter. She won a silver medal in the 100m at Athens 2004 and a gold in the 4x100m relay at London 2012.

Between the two Games, Williams won three gold medals and one silver at the World Athletics Championships and competed at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, according to archives.

The sprinter decided the leave the track and six months before Sochi 2014, she found herself putting her sprint skills to use as the brake woman in the U.S. two-woman bobsleigh team.

Williams would go on to win Olympic silver in the competition in Russia, becoming the first American female athlete to win medals at both editions of the Olympic Games.

Eddy Alvarez - United States
Baseball and short track speed skating

Eddy Alvarez, the son of Cuban immigrants and proud Team USA Olympian, recently joined the coveted list of athletes who have competed in both editions of the Games.

Before his MLB stint with the Miami Marlins, Alvarez became the first Cuban-American male speed skater to make a U.S. Olympic team. He won silver during the 2014 Sochi Olympics in the 5000m relay.

Olympic silver medalist ➡️ @MLB call-up@eddyalvarez90 has been waiting for this.

— Team USA (@TeamUSA) August 5, 2020

Pivoting to a pro baseball career, Alvarez debuted on the diamond as a Miami Marlin and was invited to play baseball for Team USA during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

He was the first baseball player to be appointed a flag-bearer for the United States. Team USA ultimately lost to Japan during the gold medal game, earning them the silver.

After the Games, Alvarez was signed to a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He said he'll likely never compete on the ice again, but his stint in the Winter Olympics puts him among Eagen and Williams as the only Team USA members to earn medals at both the Summer and Winter Olympics.

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FAQs

How many people have won medals in both Summer and Winter Olympics? ›

Eddie Eagan became the first person to win a medal in the Winter Olympics and in the Summer Olympics in different events. He is the only Summer and Winter medalist to win Gold medals in different events. She is the only athlete to ever win medals in both Winter and Summer Games in the same year.

How many Olympians have competed in both Summer and winter? ›

According to modern Olympics archives, about 128 athletes have competed in both the winter and summer editions of the international competition.

Has anyone ever won a winter and Summer Olympics? ›

Eddie Eagan and Gillis Grafström were the only two athletes to win gold medals in both the Summer and Winter Olympics.

Who has won medals in winter and Summer? ›

Only four athletes have won medals in both the Winter and Summer Olympics: Eddie Eagan, USA–Light Heavyweight Boxing gold (1920) and Four-man Bobsled gold (1932). Jacob Tullin Thams, Norway–Ski Jumping gold (1924) and 8-meter Yachting silver (1936).

Has anyone ever competed in 2 Olympic sports? ›

Clara Hughes, Cycling and Speed Skating

Clara Hughes is among the most prolific multi-sport Olympic athletes of all time. Between her Summer Olympic pursuits in 1996 on the bicycle and her Winter Olympic efforts in 2002, 2006 and 2010 in speed skating, Hughes came away with six Olympic medals.

Has anyone won a Gold medal in two different sports? ›

Medallists in Separate Sports at the Summer Olympics

American Karch Kiraly achieved Gold in both the Volleyball and Beach Volleyball in 1984 and 1996, respectively, but it's Brit Rebecca Romero who holds one of the most impressive Olympic feats of modern times.

Who was the first person to win gold medals at both a Summer & Winter Olympics? ›

Edward Patrick Francis Eagan (April 26, 1897 – June 14, 1967) was an American boxer and bobsledder who is notable as being the only person to win a gold medal at both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games in different disciplines. Eagan won his summer gold in boxing and his winter gold in four-man bobsled.

Are there any athletes who compete in both Olympics? ›

In the history of the modern Olympics, only 128 athletes have taken part in both the Summer and Winter Games, and of those 128, just five have won a medal at both competitions. Below, we look at the stories of these exceptional athletes driven by boundless Olympic passion.

What country has won medals in the Winter Olympics but not Summer? ›

Athletes from Liechtenstein have won a total of ten medals, all in alpine skiing. It is the only country to have won medals at the Winter, but not Summer Olympic Games.

Has anyone won Olympic medals in different sports? ›

Frank Kugler: Multiple Sports, United States. Frank Kugler is the only athlete in Olympic history to win a medal in three different sports. In the 1904 Olympics, he won a silver medal in men's freestyle wrestling, and bronze medals in two-hand lift, all-around dumbell and team tug-o-war.

Which country has won the most Olympic medals Summer and Winter Games combined? ›

In the history of the Summer Olympics, the United States has been the most successful nation ever, with a combined total of more than 2,600 medals in 28 Olympic Games.

Has the UK ever won a medal at the Winter Olympics? ›

From 1896 to 2020 inclusive, Great Britain & NI has won 918 medals at the Summer Olympic Games, and another 32 at the Winter Olympic Games.

Can Olympic athletes compete in more than one sport? ›

Yes. One can participate in more than one event in Olympics.

Why do they give out 2 bronze medals? ›

Originally Answered: Why two bronze medals are given in some sports in Olympics ? Two bronze medals are awarded due to the repechage brackets in these games of tournament. A repechage is a competition that gives athletes who have already lost a second chance to advance to the next round in an event.

Can two gold medals be awarded? ›

A tie occurs when two or more individual or teams achieve identical results in the Olympics. In these cases, there are multiple winners awarded the same medal.

Who has gone pro in multiple sports? ›

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Has anyone won two Olympic medals in different sports? ›

The List of athletes with Olympic medals in different sports is a list of athletes who have won medals in two different sports at the Olympic Games.
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The list.
AthleteEddie Eagan
Period1920–1932
SportsBobsleigh • Boxing
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How many athletes have won medals at both Olympic Games? ›

In the history of the modern Olympics, only 128 athletes have taken part in both the Summer and Winter Games, and of those 128, just five have won a medal at both competitions.

Has a black person ever won a winter Olympic medal? ›

Vonetta Flowers

She participated in a bobsleigh tryout event and two years later became the first Black athlete to win Winter Olympics gold at Salt Lake City 2002 with Jill Bakken in the two-woman bobsled. Flowers was unaware of the magnitude of her achievement at the time, telling Team USA: “I honestly had no idea!

Has anyone ever won gold for two different countries? ›

Two athletes have won Summer Olympic gold medals competing for two different nations. Daniel Carroll first won gold in rugby union representing Australia at London 1908 and then again at Antwerp 1920 for the United States after he had stayed in the country following a tour there.

Does anyone compete in both Olympics? ›

Germany's Christa Luding-Rothenburger is the only athlete to win medals in both the Summer and Winter Olympics during the same year. After earning a gold medal in the 1984 500 meter speed skating event, Luding-Rothenburger returned in 1988 to win the silver in the same event and the gold the 1,000 meter event.

Why some sports have 2 bronze medals? ›

Originally Answered: Why two bronze medals are given in some sports in Olympics ? Two bronze medals are awarded due to the repechage brackets in these games of tournament. A repechage is a competition that gives athletes who have already lost a second chance to advance to the next round in an event.

Who is the most successful Olympic athlete of all time? ›

Michael Phelps is the most successful Olympian of all time, but who else has won eight or more golds at the Summer Games? Phelps' 23 gold medals, plus three silver and two bronze, came across four Olympic Games from Athens 2004 to Rio 2016.

Which is the only country to have won a gold medal at every Summer Olympics? ›

The only country to have won at least one gold medal at every Summer Olympic Games is Great Britain, ranging from one gold in 1904, 1952 and 1996 to fifty-six golds in 1908.

Which country is the only country to win a gold medal at every Summer Olympic Games? ›

The performance of the British team

Britain is the only country to have won at least one gold medal at each of the summer Olympic Games. This feat would almost certainly have been matched by the USA had they not boycotted the 1980 Moscow Games.

Which one of the following countries has never won a medal in Olympics? ›

Bangladesh is the most-populated country that has yet to win a medal. The country has competed in 10 Summer Games and failed to reach the podium each time. Congo, which has appeared in 13 Summer Games, is the second-highest populated country to not medal yet.

Has GB won any Winter Olympic medals? ›

From 1896 to 2020 inclusive, Great Britain & NI has won 918 medals at the Summer Olympic Games, and another 32 at the Winter Olympic Games.

Who has been stripped of their Olympic medals? ›

Here are Olympians whose wins turned into losses real quick:
  • 2012: Nadezhda Ostapchuk, Belarus. ...
  • 2008: Ara Abrahamian, Sweden. ...
  • 2004: Tyler Hamilton, USA. ...
  • 2000: 4x400 Meters Men's Relay US Team. ...
  • 2000: Dong Fangxiao, China. ...
  • 2000: Izabela Dragneva, Bulgaria. ...
  • 2000: Andreea Răducan, Romania. ...
  • 1998: Ross Rebagliati, Canada.
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How much is a Winter Olympic medal worth? ›

What's an Olympic gold medal from the 2022 Winter Olympics worth? It's priceless, of course, but it also happens to be worth at least $750 at current metal prices. IOC regulations are generally understood to require that Olympics gold medals contain at least 92.5% silver, plated with at least 6 grams of gold.

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