Twins in the Olympics

Twins and Parents of Twins Who Compete in the Olympic Games

Twins in the Olympics
Olympic Athletes with a Twin Connection. Getty Images

When the time comes for the Olympic games, it is always an enjoyable experience to watch the amazing feats of athleticism and exciting competition. But the stories of the athletes themselves are equally intriguing. Many competitors have a twin connection. Let's take a look at some of these Olympic twins.

Twins in the 2014 Sochi Olympics

Please visit this page for more details on twins in the 2014 Winter Olympic games in Sochi, Russia.

Several athletes were twins, and some even competed together on the same team! There are several interesting stories about the twins competing in the 2014 games. 

Twins in the 2012 London Olympics

Please visit this page for more details on twins in the 2012 Summer Olympic games in London. The London Olympic games featured twins competing together, athletes with a twin sibling, and parents of twins who were competing in the 2012 summer games.

Twins in the Olympic: 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver

• Lanny Barnes was a member of the 2010 U.S. biathlon team, a sport which combines cross-country skiing and shooting. Her identical twin sister, Tracy Barnes, narrowly missed making the team due to weather and schedule inconsistencies that prevented her from competing in a qualifying event. Both competed in the 2006 games in Torino. (Learn more about Lanny Barnes in the 2014 games in Sochi.)

• Daron Rahlves is a dad of boy/girl twins named Miley and Dreyson, who were two years old at the time of the games.

He is also a three-time Olympian in alpine skiing, but in 2010 he competed in ski cross, which along with aerials and moguls comprises the sport of freestyle skiing. In ski cross, a group of skiers race a course of bumps and turns. It's a combination of skiing and motorbike "motocross" racing, and the event makes its debut at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

It sounds quite daring; I'm sure Rahlves' adventurous spirit will serve him well as a dad of twins!

• Twins know a thing or two about teamwork, and two members of the U.S. women's hockey team bring that teamwork to the ice. At age 19, Jocelyne and Monique Lamoreaux were among the youngest members of the hockey team. They grew up playing hockey with four older brothers in North Dakota. After playing one season at the University of Minnesota, the girls played for the University of North Dakota the next year.  (Learn more about the Lamoreaux twins in the 2014 games in Sochi.)

Twins in the Olympics: 2008 Summer Games in Beijing

  • One of the big disappointments of the Beijing games was the absence of the Hamm twins from men's gymnastics competition. Both Paul and Morgan Hamm enjoyed great success at the 2004 Athens games, but injuries thwarted their hopes for glory in 2008.
  • Janet and Jennie Culp are twin sisters and synchronized swimmers. Janet made the Olympic team. Jennie did not.
  • Diana Pickler made her Olympic debut in the Heptathlon. Unfortunately, her twin sister, Julie, didn't qualify.
  • Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss are 26-year old twin brothers and part of the U.S. rowing team.
  • New Zealand rowers Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell are another dynamic duo who competed in the double scull event.
  • Verywell .com's Guide to Paddling accurately predicted that Slovakian twin brothers Pavel and Peter Hochschorner would win the gold in the C-2 Men's Slalom Canoe/Kayak event, repeating their 2004 victory.
  • Twin boxers Oscar and Javier Molina didn't meet in the ring, even though they represent two different countries. Welterweight Javier fought for the United States team while his brother Oscar made the team from Mexico, but didn't qualify to compete at the Olympics.
  • Another set of twin boxers, McJoe and McWilliams Arroyo Acevedo, represented Puerto Rico on the U.S. Olympic team.
  • Bob and Mike Bryan are a dynamic duo in tennis doubles, and they took the bronze in 2008, medaling behind the Swiss team which included a dad of twins, Roger Federer.
  • Identical twin sisters WenWen and TingTing Jiang were one of the top synchronized swimming duets in the world, and represented China in the team synchronized swimming event.
  • Jake Gibb started playing beach volleyball player with his twin brother. I also heard one of the Olympic commentators mention that his family includes another set of twin sisters among the eleven siblings.
  • Finally, a nod to a member of the U.S. Women's Field Hockey team. Kelly Doton started her career playing ice hockey with her twin brother before moving to the grass as a teenager.

More Olympic Athletes

  • Phil and Steven Mahre are United States skiers who took gold and silver in the Men's Slalom in the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo. 

  • Vonetta Flowers was the first black athlete to win a gold medal in the winter Olympics. She earned that accolade in the 2-woman bobsled event in Salt Lake City in 2002. Soon after, she discovered she was pregnant and gave birth to twin boys three months prematurely in August 2002. She also competed in the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy finishing sixth, and retired after those games. 

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