Olympic Winning Families… Nurture and Genetics.
It might be difficult for an individual to imagine that you have athletic or sporting abilities passed down from your parents who did not have an already proven track record.
So let us take a look at some families who have that record.
By all means we are not saying that genetics is completely responsible for the following list because of course a healthy competitive attitude, motivation, professional training at hand, and a history of Olympic medals played their important parts:.
Charles and Chip Jenkins: the Father (Charles) and son from the U.S have won 3 gold medals in men’s Athletics at the 1956 Melbourne and1992 Barcelona Games.
Brothers Bill, Roger, Gordon and Bill’s son Dave Chistian from the U.S. have skated away with 3 gold and one 1 silver medals in Ice Hockey at the 1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo, 1960 Squaw Valley and 1980 Lake Placid Games.
Mother Liselott and daughter Ann-Kathrin Linsenhoff from Germany rode away with 3 gold, 2 silver and one bronze in horse riding at the 1956 Stockholm, 1968 Mexico City, 1972 Munich, and 1988 Seoul Games.
Grandfather Jack, Father and son Jim and Jimmy Shea from the U.S. have won 3 gold medals in (respectively) Speed , Nordic Combined and Cross-Country, and Skeleton Skating at 1932 Lake Placid, 1964 Innsbruck, and 2002 Salt Lake City Games.
Dad Albert and son Eduard Azarian from Armenia (representing USSR) landed 4 gold and 1 silver medal in Gymnastics at 1956 Melbourne, 1960 Rome, and 1980 Moscow Games.
Grandfather Erwin, Father Carsten, grandchildren Andreas, Florian, Natasha, and Andreas’ wife Anke Keller from Germany netted 4 gold and 4 silver medals in Field Hockey at 1936 Berlin, 1960 Rome, 1968 Mexico City, 1972 Munich, 1984 Los Angeles, 1988 Seoul, 1992 Barcelona, 2004 Athens, and 2008 Beijing Games.
Grandfather István Szívós, Father István Szívós, Jr., Grandson Marton Szívós from Hungary scored 4 gold, 2 silver and two bronze medals in Water Polo at 1948 London, 1952 Helsinki, 1956 Melbourne, 1968 Mexico City, 1972 Munich, 1976 Montreal, 1980 Moscow, and 2008 Beijing Games.
Father Aladár Gerevich and Son Pal Gerevich, Aladár’s wife Erna Bogen and her own father Albert Bogen from Hungary have thrusted to 7 gold, 2 silver, and 5 bronze medals in fencing at the 1912 Stockholm, 1932 Los Angeles, 1936 Berlin, 1948 London, 1952 Helsinki, 1956 Melbourne, 1960 Rome, 1972 Munich and 1980 Moscow Games.
Can you imagine their Sunday dinners?
Their track record had to start somewhere who will it be in your household.
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