Olympic medalist in both the Summer and Winter Olympics

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Below is a list of athletes who competed in both the Summer and Winter Olympics, as of the end of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.[1]

Prior to the first winter games in 1924, the winter sports of Figure skating and Ice hockey had been contested in the Summer Olympics. The creation of the first winter games allowed for many athletes of the era to compete in both sets of games in the same discipline,[2] and on this page these athletes are listed below the main list. The Russian athlete Nikolai Panin is unique in having competed in both a summer sport (shooting in 1912) and a winter sport (figure skating in 1908) but only competing at the Summer Olympics.[3]

Athlete Nation Summer Games Summer Sport Winter Games Winter Sport Number of Summer Games Number of Winter Games Total Number of Games Bremer,...
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There are six people that have won medals in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games.

Gillis...

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The Winter Olympic Games is a major international sporting event which occurs once every four years. The first celebration of the Winter Olympics was held in Chamonix, France, in 1924. The original sports were alpine and cross-country skiing, figure skating, ice hockey, Nordic combined, ski jumping and speed skating. The Games were held every four years from 1924 until 1936, after which they were interrupted by World War II. The Olympics resumed in 1948 and were celebrated every four years. The Winter and Summer Olympic Games were held in the same years until 1992, after a 1986 decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to place the Summer and Winter Games on separate four-year cycles in alternating even-numbered years. Because of the change, the next Winter Olympics after 1992 were in 1994.

The Winter Games have evolved since their inception. Sports have been added and some of them, such as luge, short track speed skating and freestyle skiing, have earned a...

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It All Started With The Summer Games Medals

At the first Olympic Games of the modern era in Athens in 1896, the winner was crowned with an olive wreath and received a silver medal. James B. Connolly of Massachusetts was the first modern Olympic champion to be rewarded thus. The 1904 Olympic Games in St Louis, were the first at which gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded for first, second, and third place.

With the exception of the medals for the 1956 equestrian events, the medals for the Games of the Olympiad became standardized starting in 1928. On one side, there was the traditional design of the goddess of victory, holding a palm in her left hand and a winner’s crown in her right hand. On the other, an Olympic champion was carried triumphantly by the crowd, with an Olympic stadium in the background. For the 1972 Games in Munich, the Organising Committee started a new trend, with a reverse designed by an artist from the Bauhaus school, Gerhard Marcks. A further...

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The Winter Olympic Games, Winter Olympics for short but more correctly The Olympic Winter Games, are the cold-weather counterpart to the Summer Olympic Games. They feature winter sports held on ice or snow, such as ice skating and skiing.

The Winter Olympics are held every four years. Most recently, the 2002 Games were held in Salt Lake City, United States. The Italian city of Turin (Torino) will host the next Winter Olympics in 2006, and after that the games will be held in Vancouver, Canada in 2010.

History

Prelude

When the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was established in 1894, one of the sports proposed for the programme was ice skating. However, no skating was conducted at the Olympics until the 1908 Summer Olympics in London, which featured four figure skating events. Ulrich Salchow (10-fold World champion) and Madge Syers (the first competitive woman figure skater) won the individual titles with ease.

Three years later, Italian...

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Richard Totten "Dick" Button was born July 18, 1929 at Englewood, New Jersey and is widely considered to be one of the best skaters of all time.

Though he had won the US figure skating crown the previous year, after finishing second in the 1947 world figure skating championship, 17 year old Dick Button was prompted to become more artistically daring. By the time the 1948 Winter Olympics came around, the young American sensation was ready to dazzle the world.

During the free skate event he attempted two routines never seen on the ice before, the double axel and the camel jump. Button had been attempting the double axel jump in practice but had never landed it. In practice on the day before the free skating event, he landed one in practice for the first time so put it into his free skate for the next day. Button landed it and the camel jump, becoming the first skater in the world to do so. The judges were impressed, and Dick Button became the youngest male figure...

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Simply making an Olympic team is often considered among the ultimate athletic accomplishments. It signifies that you have reached the highest level of competition in your sport. But in some cases athletes have competed at both the Summer and Winter Olympics, which has to be an even rarer feat. How common is it?

Actually, it has happened 128 times. And it has been done in a dizzying array of 47 different sport combinations. By far the most common both season Olympians are in athletics (track & field) and bobsledding, with 40 Olympians competing in this combination.

The first to do that was the Belgian Max Houben, who competed in athletics in 1920 and bobsledding in 1928-48. He was followed by Austrian Johann Baptist Gudenus, a 1932-36 bobsledder and Olympian in athletics in 1936. There was then a large gap before this occurred again, with Britain Colin Campbell (1968/72 ATH, 1976 BOB), and Swiss Edy Hubacher (1968 ATH, 1972 BOB).

In 1980 at Lake Placid Willie...

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CHAMONIX 1924
I Olympic Winter Games

In 1921, the International Olympic Committee voted to stage "International Sports Week 1924" in Chamonix, France. This event was a complete success and was retroactively named the First Olympic Winter Games. The first event to be decided in Chamonix was the men's 500m speed skating. The first gold medal went to Charles Jewtraw of the United States. A. Clas Thunberg of Finland earned medals in all five speed skating events: three gold, one silver and one bronze. Norway's Thorleif Haug dominated Nordic skiing, winning both cross-country races and the Nordic combined. The Canadian ice hockey team won all five of their matches, outscoring their opponents 110 to 3.

16 NOCs (Nations)
258 athletes (11 women, 247 men)
16 events

ST. MORITZ 1928
II Olympic Winter Games

The 1928 Winter Games, hosted by St. Moritz, Switzerland, were the first to be held in a different nation than the Summer Games of the same...

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Summer Olympics

Summer Olympics is regarded as the largest international multi-sport event. The summer games take place every four years. A number of events are held in the competition and those who get the first, second and the third positions are awarded gold, silver and bronze medals respectively. This international sports competition is also known as the Games of the Olympiad and boasts of a history of more than a hundred years.

The next summer Olympics is going to be hosted in

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 5 to 21, 2016

. It is the first South American country to host the games.

Summer Olympics Events:
These events are organized by the International Olympic Committee (IOL). The Olympics includes 35 sports and nearly 400 events. The Summer Olympics includes 28 sports with 38 disciplines and the Winter Olympics includes 7 sports with 15 disciplines.

The Summer Olympic sports are archery, badminton, baseball, basketball, beach volleyball,...

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Figure skating was first contested as an Olympic sport at the 1908 Summer Olympics, in London, United Kingdom. As this traditional winter sport could be conducted indoors, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved its inclusion in the Summer Olympics program. It was featured a second time at the Antwerp Games, after which it was permanently transferred to the program of the Winter Olympic Games, first held in 1924 in Chamonix, France.

In London, figure skating was presented in four events: men's singles, women's singles, men's special figures, and mixed pairs. The special figures contest was won by Russian Nikolai Panin, who gave his country its first ever Olympic gold medal. He remains the event's sole winner, as it was subsequently dropped from the program. Once a demonstration event at Grenoble 1968, ice dancing has been an official medal-awarding Olympic figure skating event since it was introduced in 1976.

Swedish figure skater Gillis...

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During the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, it was hard to miss 100-meter American hurdler Lolo Jones. Beautiful and a savvy self-promoter with a heart-wrenching childhood story, Jones was already high on the media’s radar, but then she fell victim to a scathing New York Times opinion piece, which erupted into a media firestorm that included Jones crying on the Today Show, and this only magnified Jones’ celebrity. (Admittedly, anyone who knows anything track and field would have to argue that the Times piece was hyper-critical—it was a minor miracle that Jones even made the team in London, as she had spent about a year recovering from back surgery prior to the event.)

Given what you know about Jones, your brain may have exploded recently when you learned that she is looking to become one of the few athletes to ever compete in both the summer and winter Olympic Games. Indeed, she is attempting to be named to one of three spots on the U.S. bobsled team that will head to Sochi,...

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