EAGAN Edward (1897-1967) United States / Track and field and Bobsled
Many before him had tried but whereas they failed, Eagan succeeded. He is the only athlete to have won two Olympic gold medals at the summer and winter games. Light-heavyweight Olympic boxing champion at the Antwerp games in 1920, he was a gold medallist with the American bobsleigh team in 1932 at the Lake Placid games. His sturdy constitution and his weight contributed to this success on the bobsleigh, helping him to write his name in the annals of the games. The rest of his career was just as brilliant. Despite coming from a modest background, he completed a brilliant law degree at one of the most prestigious American university before marrying a rich heiress. Eagan was briefly a senior officer during the Second World War.