American Sports and Athletes on Stamps

1920 and 1932 Olympic Games

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The 25-cent Eddie Eagan stamp was issued July 6, 1990.

The 1920 Olympic Games held in Antwerp, Belgium, marked the first time in the Modern Era that the host country did not achieve the highest medal count by the conclusion of the Games. The United States’ overall first place ranking by medal count at the 1920 Games included a gold medal won by boxer Eddie Eagan. Twelve years later, Eagan competed in the four-man bobsled event in the first Winter Olympic Games hosted in the United States at Lake Placid, New York. Incredibly, Eagan along with his teammates succeeded in placing first in the event and earning an Olympic gold medal. Eddie Eagan is the only American to win a gold medal in a Summer and Winter Olympic Games.

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The 8-cent 1972 Olympic Games Bobsled stamp was issued August 17, 1972.