Studies say you have about a .0013 percent chance of becoming an Olympic athlete, and even fewer earn medals if they actually qualify, but these five individuals below have beaten the odds. Not only have they all scored medals at the Summer Olympic games, but they also took home a top prize at the Winter Olympics too. Yeah, so while I'm sitting on the couch crushing a box of Oreos, these superhumans are crushing records and collecting medals like it's their job. Oh, wait… Scroll down to meet your newest role models!
Eddie Eagan is the only Olympian to have won a gold medal at the Summer and Winter Olympics. NBD. Eddie developed a boxing career while studying at Yale and Harvard universities (also NDB) and took gold in light-heavyweight boxing at the Antwerp Olympic Games in 1920, according to the Olympics' official website. More than a decade later, Eddie joined the U.S. bobsled team for the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. Although he had never ridden a bobsleigh before, his team placed first.
Jacob Tullin Thams
Norwegian athlete Jacob Tullin Thams became the Winter Olympics' first ski jumping champion and took home the gold at the first Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France in 1924. In the 1928 Winter Olympics, he jumped a record-breaking 73 meters but was disqualified for falling. Eight years later, he won a silver medal as part of the Norwegian yachting crew.
Norwegian ski jumper Jacob Tullin Thams and friend pic.twitter.com/rxrUJHK26o
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Germany’s Christa Luding-Rothenburger is the only athlete to win medals in both the Summer and Winter Olympics during the same year. She took home the gold in the 1984 500-meter speed skating event, and in 1988, she won siver in the same event and gold in the 1,000-meter event. That same year, Christa earned a silver medal in the match sprint cycling event at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul and later won a bronze medal in speed skating at the 1992 Winter Games in Albertville.
Clara won bronze medals in the individual road race and the time trial in cycling at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. The Canadian athlete returned to the Olympics in 2002, where she won the bronze in speed skating. She later won the gold in speed skating at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin and the bronze again at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.
The lifelong track and field star won a silver medal in the 100-meter race at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. In 2012, the sprinter took home the gold at the Summer Games in London as part of the 4×100 women's relay team. Although an injury prevented Lauryn from running in the Olympics again, she made her Winter Olympics debut in 2014 and took silver with Elana Meyers in the two-woman bobsleigh race.