Lolo Jones has just made the United States bobsled team. Though she had planned a return to the 2016 Olympic Games to try one more time for a medal, she may now be aiming to make the 2014 Olympics too. Jones and fellow track star Tianna Madison are part of the United States bobsled team. Both athletes have made the national team and will later compete to earn a spot on the Olympic team. Jones is a hurdler and though she received significant hype going into both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, she failed to get a medal in both. She is likely hoping to now get a medal in both the 2014 and 2016 games and become one of just a few athletes to have ever gotten a medal in both the Summer and Winter Games. Madison has already gotten a gold medal in the 4x100 relay at the 2012 Olympics. Here is a look at the five athletes who successfully participated in both the Winter and Summer Olympics.
When the Olympic Games occurred only in the summer, both winter and summer sports were included. Gillis Grafstrom won the gold medal in figure skating in 1920 at the Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium. The 1924 Olympics, held in Chamonix, France, were the first Winter Olympic Games and Grafstrom once again competed in figure skating and he won another gold medal. He went on to win a third gold medal in 1928.
During the 1920 Olympics, Eddie Eagan won a gold medal for boxing. Though he would try to have a repeat win in 1924, he did not get a medal. It wasn't until 1932 that he discovered a talent for bobsledding. He first tried the sport just before the event and wound up winning a gold medal with his three teammates in Lake Placid, New York. He was the first athlete to win medals in both Olympics in different sports and the only athlete to win gold in separate sports in in the Winter and Summer Games.
Jacob Tullin Thams
Jacob Tullin Thams won the first Olympic gold medal for ski jumping. The win came in 1924 in Chamonix, France. His attempt to defend the title was unsuccessful. In 1936, in Berlin, Germany, the skier added another sport. He competed in a yachting event and the team managed to get a silver medal.
Christa Luding will likely always have her place in the record book because she accomplished something no one else has ever done and which is now no longer possible. In 1988, she competed and won medals at both the Winter Games in Calgary, Canada, and the Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea. In Calgary, she was a speed skater who won a gold medal in the 1,000m and a silver medal in the 500m. In Seoul, she was a cyclist who won the sprint.
Clara Hughes concluded a great Olympic career in London, England, in 2012. Her Olympic career took off in 1996 when she was a cyclist in the Summer Games in Atlanta, Georgia. She also had a successful speed skating career. She won the bronze in both the road race and time trial. In 2002, she participated in the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. There she won the bronze medal in the 5000m. In 2006, at Tourin, Italy, she won the gold medal in the 5000m and a silver medal in the team pursuit. She also got a bronze medal in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, in the 5000m.
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