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Eddie Eagan
Date Issued: 1990-07-06
Postage Value: 25 cents

Commemorative issue
Olympians
Eddie Eagan

Eddie Eagan was the first Olympian to win a gold medal in both the Summer and Winter Games. Eagan became interested in boxing as a youth in Colorado. Following a year of college and service in World War I as an artillery officer, he entered Yale. Continuing his boxing career, he won the middleweight competition in the Inter -Allied Games in Paris in 1919 and the 1920 Olympic light-heavyweight title at Antwerp. Eagan joined the U.S. Olympic bobsled team for the 1932 games at Lake Placid. He won a gold medal there. In 1956 President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed Eagan the first to head the People to People Sports Committee.

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