# How many times have athletes competed in two sports?

Around thirty-five Olympians have participated in two or more sports. The number of times these competitors competed in each sport is mentioned below. They occasionally participated in two disciplines at the same games; such occurrences are documented. Overall, there are thus seventy-five different pairs of sports played by these athletes.

Of the 35 athletes who have competed in two sports, 12 have done so more than once.

## In how many sports have athletes competed in the Olympics?

Nearly thirty athletes who have competed in at least five Olympics competed in two sports, with nearly half competing in both the Winter and Summer Olympics. American skier Lindsey Vonn has won four gold medals so far in Sochi; she is the most decorated athlete of the first four years of the XXII Olympic Winter Games.

The number of athletes who have competed in the Olympics is steadily increasing. In 1900 there were only eight sports in which athletes could compete. Today there are more than 100 sports available for competition at the Olympics.

At the Summer Olympics, men's basketball and women's volleyball are the only sports in which one person can win more than one medal. If an athlete wins multiple medals at the same event they are given the highest possible award, called the "Olympic Medal". For example, if an athlete wins three medals at a single sport, they will be given three different medals to allow all their achievements to be recognized.

At the Winter Olympics, men's ice hockey is the only sport in which one player can score a goal and also serve as goalie in the same game. If an athlete wins multiple medals at the same event they are usually given the highest number of medals that can be awarded per event.

## Can you do two sports at the same time?

An athlete may compete in two sports during the same season if he or she satisfies the following requirements: Because the two activities are so similar, no additional training is necessary. 3. Both coaches were in agreement.

## How many athletes have won medals in different sports?

Athletes with Olympic medals in separate sports is a list of athletes who have won medals in two distinct Olympic sports. Individual gold medal totals are sorted in this table. "RECORDS AND MEDALS GAMES OF THE OLYMPIAD" tot (PDF). Olympic.org. The date was May 9, 2012.

An athlete can win a medal in multiple ways. Some athletes have won more than one type of medal: for example, Carl Lewis has won both the 100m and 200m sprints at the Olympics. Other athletes have won only a single type of medal: for example, Jesse Owens won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Games. Still others have won medals for different countries: for example, Edwin Moses won a silver medal for Canada in rowing in 1924 but no longer competes as he has retired.

Which sport is better for winning medals: swimming or athletics? That depends on how many times each event has been competed in over the years. While swimming has become more popular over time, athletics offers more opportunities to win medals. At the Rio de Janeiro Olympics men's athletics will be played for the first time since 1984 while women's athletics will be held for the first time since 2000. There are three events in the men's race and up to two hours to finish it. In the women's race there are also three events but they are limited to two rounds per day because of the heat.

## How many Olympians compete each year?

How many Americans compete in the Olympics? The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) reports that Team USA has 613 members this year. There are 193 returning Olympians and 104 Olympic medalists among them. The US team is divided between athletes who will be competing in London, England and those who will be at the Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Of these 613 athletes, 584 were born in the United States. Nine others were born in Canada while another nine have dual citizenship with the United States and another country. Of the 9 Canadian-Americans, 3 are expected to be competing in London and 6 in Vancouver.

The largest group of American athletes is made up of swimmers (64 athletes). Next come cyclists (57), followed by skiers/snowboarders (46), rowers (42), runners (40), tennis players (38), shooters (36), weightlifters (35), wrestlers (33), gymnasts (32), football players (31), surfers (30), baseball players (29), hockey players (28), dancers (7), and car drivers (1).

In total, there are 126 men and 466 women representing the United States at the games. That's about 1 out of every 10 people on the planet!

## Who are the multi-sport athletes?

A multi-sport athlete is someone who participates or trains in two or more sports. Most of these athletes participated in two or more sports from a young age, particularly in high school, before opting to focus on only one activity professionally. While many people choose to focus on only one sport, many others do not have this choice because there are no facilities where they can practice their different activities. These individuals must make do with what little time they have available by practicing several things at once.

There are several reasons why people choose to be multi-sport athletes. The most common is that they like trying new things and being challenged by different types of games or practices. Some may also enjoy the competition itself. Finally, some pursue multiple sports because they want to be able to make a living through them all even though they may only be good at one or two.

In terms of gender distribution, it is generally seen that women are more likely to be involved in multiple sports than men. This is probably due to the fact that they cannot afford to specialize too early in order to be competitive, so they need to keep active by participating in a variety of events if they want to keep improving at any level.

## How many athletes compete in the Commonwealth Games?

5,000 competitors The Commonwealth Games include over 5,000 participants competing in over 15 different sports and over 250 events. The first, second, and third place finishers in each event get gold, silver, and bronze Commonwealth Games medals, respectively. In addition to the official events, there are also popular events such as a marathon, half-marathon, and cycle race that attract large numbers of spectators.

Only athletes who represent their country at junior level can participate in the games. However, if an athlete wins a medal while representing another country, they are allowed to keep the medal. So long as they do not do so for all countries, they are only required to return their gold medal should they want to be eligible to compete in the next games.

The number of athletes has been declining since 1994 when 4,715 athletes competed. This year's games will have a total of 3,921 athletes from 71 countries.

Almost one in five athletes at these games is from India. This year's games will feature 627 Indian athletes in 23 sports. They are expected to win around 170 medals including 40 gold medals.

India has won most gold medals at the games with 31.

## Has anyone won a championship in two different sports?

There is just one of them. Bob Hayes won an Olympic gold medal and was a member of the Dallas Cowboys' Super Bowl-winning squad. Deion Sanders got dangerously near. But, in terms of a single person competing in two distinct professional sports and being a champion in both, the all-time leader is Bob Hayes.

He won an Olympic gold medal in 1976 and the NFL title four years later. That makes him the only person to win a championship in two different sports - and he did it twice!

Olympic champions are chosen by international committees. The Football World Cup is contested by national teams, so for its highest award, you have to be an international player or manager. The winner is decided by penalty kicks after regular play finishes scoreless. In 2012, Brazil beat Germany in penalties after both countries finished level at 1-1 during normal time play.

The prize is worth \$100,000. It's given out annually by the Brazilian football federation (CBF) to the best male and female players at each position throughout the world.

The most prestigious club tournament in soccer history is known as "La Liga". It begins with a season that lasts from August to May and consists of a series of games between different teams. The team with the most points at the end of the season is declared champion.

##### Stephen Cliff

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