Hughes has six Olympic medals to her name from her two sports. Her remarkable track record makes her the only athlete in the world to have won multiple medals at both the summer and winter Olympics. In her Olympic debut in 1996, she earned two bronze medals in cycling, one in the road race and one in the time trial. But that was only the beginning of her illustrious legacy. Two years later, at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games, Hughes became the first person to win three gold medals in a single event when she captured the women's downhill, super-G, and slalom races.
In between her Olympic campaigns, Hughes continued to dominate her sport by winning nine World Championship titles. In 2009, she became the first person to win five consecutive downhill championships. At the age of 36, Hughes still finds time to compete in major events like the Garmisch Partenikonernooer Alpine Ski Festival and the Sundance Film Festival. She remains the oldest winner of the downhill race at those events.
With six Olympic medals, it's safe to say that Laurie Hughes is one of the greatest Olympians of all time. She turned 37 years old in February and is still going strong as ever in her sport. If you ask me, that's exactly what makes her so special. No other athlete can match her achievements both on and off the court/track/slope/cross-country course.
Only two athletes have won the event twice: Marie-Jose Perec, who won it in 1996 and again in 2000, and Michael Johnson, who won it in 1996 and again in 2000. Athletes have never won more than three medals. No female athlete has ever won a gold medal in this event at the Olympics.
Johnson became the first man to win back-to-back gold medals in the event when he did so in 1996 and 2000. He is also the only person to have won both the 100m dash and the 400m dash at the same Olympics. The only other person to have done so is Johnson's friend and rival Carl Lewis, who teamed with Johnson for gold in 1988 and 1992.
Here are the other men who have won two gold medals in the event at different Olympics: Feliks Zalewsky (1912 and 1924), Ernst Dichgans (1968 and 1972), Gheorghe Megeja (1976 and 1980), Andre Phillips (1984 and 1988), Eamonn Coghlan (1992 and 1996), and Donovan Bailey (2000 and 2004).
Women have won four gold medals in the event at different Olympics: Lucie Höflich (1972 and 1976), Jarmila Kecka (1980 and 1984), Mary Deckerhoer (1988 and 1992), and Sally McLaughlin (1996 and 2000).
Rothenburger, Christa Champions in the winter and summer Christa Rothenburger of East Germany won the 1000m speed skating championship. Seven months later, she won a silver medal in cycling, making her the first athlete in history to win medals in both the Winter and Summer Olympics in the same year.
She is also one of only two athletes to have won medals in both the winter and summer games (the other being David Muller of Switzerland who also won a gold and a silver in 1904).
Christa Rothenburger died in a car accident in 1989 just weeks before the start of the Calgary Olympic Winter Games. She was 36 years old.
In 2012, she was posthumously awarded the IOC's highest honor, the "Prince of Peace" prize, which is given to individuals who have shown exemplary devotion to sportsmanship and morality.
Rothenburgers' victory in Stockholm opened up opportunities for women in ice hockey. Her success also influenced young people to take up speed skating. In fact, after Rothenburgers, there were more female participants in international figure skating competitions than before. She has been cited as an inspiration by many female athletes who have followed in her footsteps.
At the Olympic Games, extremely gifted competitors strive to win many medals in various events. American swimmer Michael Phelps holds the record for the most gold medals won in a single Summer Olympics.
From the gathered mobiles, around 5000 medals were created, which will be awarded to the victorious competitors in the various athletic categories at the Tokyo Olympics 2021. The Olympic medal tally for 2016 is now available.
And while some of them guys have won several medals, Larisa Latinya, who earned 18 medals for the Soviet Union, is the all-time medal winner. She is followed by Michael Phelps of the United States, who won 14 gold medals—a complete list is provided below. Many countries have produced Olympic medalists; nevertheless, this individual did not. He is a born superstar and has become a global icon after only eight years on the market.
Larisa Latynych was an outstanding swimmer and volleyball player. She started training in 1968, just months before her country's sports ministry decided to switch from communism to capitalism, which meant that financial support would no longer be available to athletes. Despite this, she managed to win almost every major award there is in her two sports. At age 21, she became the youngest person ever to win the gold medal in the 100-meter butterfly event at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Two years later she repeated this achievement in the 200-meter butterfly competition. At age 23, she became one of only three people (the others being Carl Lewis and Bruce Jenner) to win both the 100-meter and 200-meter races at the same Olympics. In 1976, she added another gold medal to her collection when she captured the 100-meter medley title. This made her the first person ever to win multiple gold medals in one Olympiad.