It’s not uncommon to inherit the athletic gene from your family tree. And so it’s not too far-fetched to see many star athletes from the same bloodline.
The Olympics are a perfect example. There are several notable Winter Olympic families – athletes whose parents, siblings, or other relatives possess the same caliber of athletic talent and ability.
The Olympic Games feature some of the most diverse athletes from around the world. But believe it or not, some These athletes come from the same family.
Check out some of the most notable Winter Olympian families and the sports they specialize in.
Who are some notable Winter Olympian families and how are they related?
Father and son
In the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, Werner Hoeger of Venezuela competed in the same competition as his son, Christopher Hoeger. They are the only father and son duo to ever compete in the same event at the Winter Olympics.
Another interesting family connection is between Austrian Matthias Mayer and his father Helmut Mayer, both of whom excelled in alpine skiing. Matthias won the men’s downhill event in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, while Helmut won a silver medal in the Super-G in the 1988 Calgary Olympics.
Father and daughter
Odd Martinsen of Norway won a silver medal in the men’s 30 km cross country race in the 1968 Grenoble Games. His daughter, Bente Skari-Martinsen, won a bronze medal in the same event. precisely during the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics.
Mother and son
American alpine skier Ryan Cochran-Siegle plans to compete at the second Winter Olympics in 2022. He is trying to follow in his mother’s footsteps, as Barbara Ann Cochran won the gold medal in slalom 50 years ago at the 1972 Sapporo Olympics.
Brother and sister
The Olympics have seen siblings compete at the same Olympics quite a few times.
Fernandez Ochoa’s family consists of 5 siblings, including 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Their father ran a local ski school in Spain, and his five children all competed in alpine skiing at the Winter Olympics. Bianca (one of two sisters) won slalom in the 1990 Morzine Olympics.
Bianca’s brother, Francisco, won a gold medal in alpine skiing in the 1972 Sapporo Olympics. Three other siblings – Juan Manuel, Luis and Dolores – also competed in the Winter Olympics. . Juan Manual competed in Innsbruck 1976. Luis raced at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo and Calgary 1988. Dolores was also present at the 1984 Olympics with Luis.
Italy’s Fulvio Valbusa and Sabina Valbusa, another pair of Olympic brothers, both competed in five Winter Olympic Games in cross-country skiing.
At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, three siblings competed in ice dance – Chris, Cathy and Allison Reed. Chris and Cathy play for Japan, while Allison plays for Georgia.
Alex and Maia Shibutani, also known as “Shib Sibs”, is the most recent sibling sensation. The duo competed in ice dancing during the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.
The Brandt sisters competed in ice hockey during the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang. Hannah represents Team America, while Marissa represents Korea.
The Dufour-Lapointe sisters competed in women’s freestyle skiing in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Justine won gold, her sister Chloe silver and their other sister Maxime came in 12th.
Anne-Marie, Marguerite and Therese Leduc of France, all competed together in the women’s slalom alpine skiing event in the 1960 Olympics.
The record for most siblings ever competing in a single Winter Olympic Games event occurred during the 1988 Calgary Games, where four brothers competed in the entire Mexican 2-person toboggan event . Eduardo, Jorge, Adrian and Roberto Tames compete.
Argentine brothers Marcos Luis, Martin Tomas and Matias Jose Jerman, all competed in the 1976 Innsbruck Olympics in the men’s 15m cross-country skiing.
The Wells brothers all competed in the Winter Olympics, representing New Zealand. Byron and Beau-James competed in extra time in the 2018 Olympics, Jackson competed in medley in the same Olympics, and Jossi competed in the 2014 Olympics.
https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/sports/beijing-winter-olympics/list-famous-winter-olympian-families-throughout-the-years/3136190/ Famous Winter Olympic Athlete Families Throughout the Years – NBC10 Philadelphia