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Eddie Eagan

Full name: Edward Patrick Francis "Eddie" Eagan
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (179 cm)
Born: April 26, 1898 in Denver, Colorado, United States
Died: June 14, 1967 in New York, New York, United States
Affiliations: Yale Bulldogs, New Haven (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Boxing, Bobsleigh

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

As the only person to win a gold medal at both the Winter Games in a winter sport and the Summer Games in a summer sport, Eddie Eagan holds a unique place in Olympic history. In 1920 at Antwerp, Eagan beat Thomas Holstock (SAF), then Harold Franks (GBR), and in the final Sverre Sørsdal of Norway to win the gold medal in the light-heavyweight division. After the Olympics, Eagan returned to Yale Law School. He left there in 1922 to become a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford where he soon made his mark in British amateur boxing circles. At the 1924 Olympics, Eagan chose not to defend his light-heavyweight title but instead weighed in as a heavyweight. He met first the Englishman, Arthur Clifton who had replaced Eagan as British ABA champion. After a grueling three rounds Clifton got the verdict but in doing so, so severely injured his hands that he could not come forward for his second round match. After competing twice in the summer Games, Eagan made his debut at the Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid. It was here that he made Olympic history when, as a member of the 4-man bobsled team, he added a gold medal to the one he had won at the summer Games twelve years earlier.

Eagan obtained a B.A. degree from Oxford in 1928 and in 1932 was admitted to the U.S. Bar. He practiced law untiI the outbreak of World War II when he rejoined the armed forces. Colonel Eagan served with distinction throughout the period of hostilities and was awarded ribbons for combat in all three theatres of operations.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 21 Antwerpen Boxing Men's Light-Heavyweight United States USA 1 Gold
1924 Summer 26 Paris Boxing Men's Heavyweight United States USA 9T
1932 Winter 33 Lake Placid Bobsleigh Men's Four United States-1 USA 1 Gold

Men's Four

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit
1932 Winter 33 Lake Placid Bobsleigh United States-1 USA Final Standings
1932 Winter 33 Lake Placid Bobsleigh United States-1 USA Run 1
1932 Winter 33 Lake Placid Bobsleigh United States-1 USA Run 2
1932 Winter 33 Lake Placid Bobsleigh United States-1 USA Run 3
1932 Winter 33 Lake Placid Bobsleigh United States-1 USA Run 4

Men's Light-Heavyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR
1920 Summer 21 Antwerpen Boxing United States USA Final Round Match 1/2 1 1920-08-24 Eagan (USA) , Sørsdal (NOR) decision
1920 Summer 21 Antwerpen Boxing United States USA Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1920-08-23 Eagan (USA) , Franks (GBR) decision
1920 Summer 21 Antwerpen Boxing United States USA Quarter-Finals Match #1 1 1920-08-23 Eagan (USA) , Holdstock (RSA) decision
1920 Summer 21 Antwerpen Boxing United States USA Round One Match #2 1 1920-08-21 Eagan (USA) bye

Men's Heavyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1924 Summer 26 Paris Boxing United States USA Round One Match #8 2 1924-07-15 Clifton (GBR) , Eagan (USA)
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