List of multi-sport athletes

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A multi-sport athlete is an athlete who competes at a high level in two or more different sports. Most athletes play two or more sports from a young age – especially in high school – before deciding to concentrate on just one sport.

History[edit]

List of athletes[edit]

Below is a list of multi-sport athletes who have played in at least one sport professionally, listed by primary athletic occupation, with notes on their secondary sport(s).

American football[edit]

Association football (soccer)[edit]

Roy Heaney played professional football for Bolton Wanderers FC and Rugby League for Wigan and Salford RLFC.

Australian rules football[edit]

Baseball[edit]

Basketball[edit]

Bobsleigh[edit]

Bowling[edit]

  • Eddie Lubanski – a USBC Hall of Fame member, pitched for three seasons for farm clubs of the St. Louis Browns. He compiled an enviable 50–18 win-loss record, winning 20 games in his second season, but quit baseball entirely after a dispute with the owner of the Muskogee Reds.[35] He returned to Detroit to become a full-time pro bowler, an occupation he had started at age fifteen.
  • Walter Ray Williams, Jr. – Seven-time PBA Player of the Year, Walter Ray has also won six Men's World Horseshoe Pitching titles.

Boxing[edit]

Canadian football[edit]

Chess[edit]

Cricket[edit]

Cycling[edit]

Figure Skating[edit]

  • Max Aaron - US figure skater who started his skating career as a speed skater, he also represented USA in USA Hockey nationals in both 2006 and 2007, and played U18 AA as well as competing in figure skating at amateur level during that time.

Golf[edit]

Hockey[edit]

Lacrosse[edit]

  • Paul Rabil - Lettered in basketball, lacrosse, and track while in highschool
  • Kyle Harrison - Three sport standout in soccer, basketball, and lacrosse in highschool
  • Jenny Williams - World Cup winning (1986) and team captain (1989-92) lacrosse player for Australia who represented South Australia in six sports (lacrosse, indoor lacrosse, touch football, soccer, cricket and Australian football)
  • Chazz Woodson - lettered in lacrosse, football, and basketball at Norfolk Academy
  • Griff Whalen - Indianpolis Colts, Stanford lacrosse and football
  • Jim Brown - Cleveland Browns RB, Syracuse Football, Syracuse Lacrosse
  • Bob Fetters - University of Maryland: 1946 all-American team in Lacrosse, awarded the Schmeisser award for defenseman. Lettered in Basketball, center. Lettered in Soccer as the goalie on the undefeated Terrapin team, was only scored on twice in the season, a record unequaled anywhere in the country. Selected for the all-star softball team, pitching a shutout in the season’s last game. Fetters didn't play sports in high school.

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

Motorsport[edit]

Netball[edit]

Rugby League[edit]

  • Monty Betham - son of Monty Betham Sr. Former Rugby League player who switched to professional boxing post retirement, he also came second in Dancing With the Stars in 2008.
  • Benji Marshall - Represented Australia in touch football, played for West Tigers for 11 season and will be switching to rugby union in 2014.
  • John Hopoate – After multiple suspensions forced him to retire from rugby league, he pursued a career in boxing, eventually becoming the Australian heavyweight champion.[53]
  • Anthony Mundine – Has had a career as a boxer, from 2000 to the present.
  • Darren Edward Clark – Has had a career as a runner running 4th at both the 1984 and 1988 Olympics and finished his career with the Balmain Tigers
  • Michael O'Connor – represented Australia in Rugby League and Rugby Union, He played for the Wallabies in 13 Tests from 1979 to 1982 and then the Kangaroos in 17 Tests from 1985 to 1990. O'Connor played club football in the NSWRL Premiership for the St. George Dragons and later the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, becoming captain of the latter and winning the 1987 Winfield Cup with them

Rugby Union[edit]

Sailing[edit]

  • Rob Waddell - a retired rower, 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist in single sculls rowing who is a current Team New Zealand crewman as a grinder, he also played rugby union as a lock. He still holds world indoor rowing machine record time over 2000m and 5000m.

Slamball[edit]

All slamball players have a background in either track and field, basketball, volleyball, ice hockey or American Football, some are even gymnasts or wrestlers.

Snowboarding[edit]

  • Shaun Palmer - (born November 14, 1968) is an American professional snowboarder, skier, mountain biker, and motocross rider. "Palm Daddy" is known as one of the forefathers of extreme sports.

Swimming[edit]

Tennis[edit]

Track and field[edit]

Water Polo[edit]

  • Kaleigh Gilchrist - USC women water polo 2010-present NCAA 2013 National Champion and USA surf team member/NSSA college national surfing champion

See also[edit]

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