January 27, 2023

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The Sports activities Archives – Unimaginable Feats: Athletes Competing within the Summer time and Winter Olympic Video games

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With the climate altering, and the primary snows falling in lots of elements of the nation, our attentions start to show to winter sports activities, significantly with the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang just two ski seasons away. Ski jackets are being dragged out of storage, ice skates are being dusted off, and Individuals everywhere in the nation are getting ready for a beautiful winter of sport. While a lot of our Summer time video games champions might be having fun with a well-earned relaxation earlier than they resume coaching for the 2020 video games, a only a few will start coaching for his or her various probability at Olympic glory. According to renowned Olympic historian, Bill Mallon, all through the fashionable historical past of the video games a complete of 128 athletes have competed in each Winter and Summer time sports activities.

The Yongpyong Dragon Valley ski resort will be at the center of 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games.

The Yongpyong Dragon Valley ski resort might be on the middle of 2018 PyeongChang Winter Video games.

American Sporting Icons

This 12 months two of those that are serving double responsibility in each video games are American observe and discipline athletes Lolo Jones and Lauryn Williams. Lolo Jones started her Olympic profession as a 100 meter hurdler, ending seventh within the hurdles in the course of the Beijing 2008 video games, and fourth in the course of the London 2012 video games. It was after London that Lolo made the choice to change her sporting consideration to bobsledding: we are able to count on to see her first Olympic race within the sport in PyeongChang in the course of the 2018 video games. Impressed by her former teammate Lolo Jones, Lauryn Williams has additionally joined the American Olympic bobsled staff. Williams started her profession as a sprinter, successful a silver medal for the ladies’s 100 meter dash in the course of the Athens 2004 video games. She then took house a gold medal in the course of the London 2012 video games as a part of the 4 x 100 meter relay staff. Williams’ transition to the winter Olympics has occurred extremely rapidly, and simply six months after switching to the game she was introduced as a push athlete for the staff. In 2014 Williams received a silver medal in the course of the Socchi winter Olympics, as a part of the 2 girl bobsleigh staff, that means that she has achieved the unimaginable feat of successful a silver Olympic medal in each the summer season and winter video games: She might be going for gold in 2018.

The Legend of Eddie Egan

Eddie Egan 1920 AntwerpThere’s a precedent of American athletes who serve double responsibility by competing in each the summer season and winter Olympic Video games, and it could be inconceivable to speak in regards to the phenomenon with out mentioning Eddie Egan, who holds the document for being the one particular person to have ever received gold medals at each the Summer time and Winter Olympic video games. Eddie received a gold medal for gentle heavyweight boxing in the course of the 1920 Olympic Video games in Antwerp. He then went on to win a second gold medal in the course of the 1932 Winter Olympic video games in Lake Placid as a part of the 4 man bobsled staff, even supposing till he arrived in Lake Placid that 12 months, he had never actually been inside a bobsled before. Eddie Egan is sometimes called the greatest Olympian you have never heard of. There are enormous similarities between the careers of Egan and Lauryn Williams, which many commentators are hoping may encourage the gifted athlete to extra double Olympic success.

Our numerous pure local weather lends itself completely to athletes making an attempt to compete in each video games: now we have areas of the nation the place the winters are extremely chilly with loads of powder, and heat dry summers that are perfect for observe and discipline coaching. Athletes competing for America in each the summer season and the winter video games are well equipped and well-trained: the American Olympic Committee employs over 350 individuals throughout the nation to make sure that our nation’s athletes have all the things they should go for purpose. Monetary help, together with nice expertise, is an extremely necessary facet of Olympic success and it’s no coincidence that the nations who make investments probably the most in nurturing their groups have probably the most success on the medal tables. Right here’s hoping we’re nurturing the expertise that may problem  Edie Egan’s unimaginable document within the nation proper now.

That is an article by Helen Cairns.

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