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Irish American Olympic hero Eddie Eagan's commemorative stamp. Photo by: Wikicommon

Irish American was the only US person to win gold at both Olympics

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Irish American Olympic hero Eddie Eagan's commemorative stamp. Photo by: Wikicommon

Celebrity athlete  Lolo Jones has  transitioned from hurdler at Bejing to bobsledder at Sochi but she's not the only athlete to compete in the both the summer and winter Olympics.

But only one US athlete ever, Irish American Eddie Eagan, has won gold medals at both Olympics.

The only person who can match that this time in Sochi is bobsledder Lauryn Williams who won silver at Athens in 2004 in the 100 metres and gold in the 4 x100 relay in London. Now she is a bobsledder
Edward Patrick Francis Eagan was an American sports hero who is famous as being the only person in history to win a gold medal at both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games in different events. Eagan won his summer gold in boxing and his winter gold in four-man bobsled.

Eagan was born into an Irish American family in Denver, Colorado. He studied law at Harvard University and later at the University of Oxford. In 1920, Eagan competed as a boxer at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, and won the gold medal in the light-heavyweight division. Eagan's other boxing awards include the 1919 AAU title and a British amateur title. He also competed at the 1924 Summer Olympics, but failed to medal, having lost in the first round to Arthur Clifton.

Eagan returned to the Olympics eight years later, this time as a member of the bobsleigh crew of Billy Fiske, who steered to victory at the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. Eagan became the first of four Olympians to medal in both Winter and Summer Games, followed by Jacob Tullin Thams (Norway), Christa Luding-Rothenburger (East Germany), and Clara Hughes (Canada). Eagan is one of two competitors to win gold in both Olympic seasons (the other being Gillis Grafström whose only summer gold was in figure skating. A postage stamp in his honor was created.

Later, Eagan became a lawyer, and served in the army as a colonel during World War II. He died at age 70, in Rye, New York and was interred at Greenwood Union Cemetery.

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