lizisawesome asked in SportsOlympics · 1 decade ago

Can you participate in both the summer and winter Olympic games?

13 Answers

Relevance
  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    As of the 2008 Games, four athletes have won medals in both the Summer and Winter Games:

    1) Eddie Eagen (US)

    Winter Games - gold in four man bobsled in 1932.

    Summer Games - gold in light-heavyweight boxing in 1920

    2) Jacob Thams (Norway)

    Winter Games - gold in ski jumping in 1924

    Summer Games - silver in sailing in 1936.

    3) Christa Luding-Rotherburger (East Germany)

    Winter Games - gold in speed skating in 1984 and 1988, silver in speed skating in 1988, bronze in speed skating in 1988

    Summer Games - silver in cycling in 1988.

    4) Clara Hughes (Canada)

    Winter Games - gold, silver (both in 2006) and bronze (2002) in speed skating.

    Summer Games - 2*bronze in cycling in 1996.

    • Login to reply the answers
  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, but you still have to qualify in whatever sport you're trying out in. There's no rule about how many games you can play in or events you can try out for. But realize that there has to be a lot of cross over in terms of muscle and skill, or you'll end up going to neither. Bobsled and sprinting is one example.

    • Login to reply the answers
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Watch the film "Cool Runnings"

    The Jamaican Bobsled team contained 3 guys who were all capable of sprinting at Olympic level

    so i guess you could, but not many will :)

    Source(s): Cool Runnings is an awesome film!
    • Login to reply the answers
  • 1 decade ago

    Sure, you can compete in as many Olympic events as you qualify for. But you'd have to be one hell of an athlete! Most athletes need to focus on one event to come out on top. The only restriction is that they can't overlap in times...they're not going to wait for you to finish one event to start another. But otherwise, yeah.

    • Login to reply the answers
  • How do you think about the answers? You can sign in to vote the answer.
  • arzola
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    great question. Sorry i do no longer know the right answer and characteristic no longer been able to looking it. yet I guess it is going to likely be one in each and every of those early (pre-Sixties) Olympics if there is such individual.

    • Login to reply the answers
  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, but you have to qualify against people that only do this one thing year round while you have to be great at both things

    • Login to reply the answers
  • 1 decade ago

    Well, unless you are a prodigy in 2 sports, no. It is impossible to be the most talented person in your country in 2 sports, but if you are, then i guess?

    Hope it helped?

    • Login to reply the answers
  • 1 decade ago

    Ya what's the problem with that? Most people stick to one sport so they can improve on it more rather then doing multiple sports.

    • Login to reply the answers
  • 1 decade ago

    Yup. It's common for people to Bobsled and sprint.

    • Login to reply the answers
  • 1 decade ago

    if you are freakishly good at two sports, then yes.

    although it would be very hard because some spend 4 or more years focusing on one sport.

    • Login to reply the answers
Still have questions? Get your answers by asking now.