For­got­ten ath­lete honored by school

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST -

long­mont » Ed­die Ea­gan’s name is un­fa­mil­iar to most Long­mont res­i­dents, but it shouldn’t be. Ea­gan is the on­lyper­son to win gold in both the sum­mer and win­ter Olympics (for box­ing and bob­sled, re­spec­tively), and he was a grad­u­ate of Long­mont High School.

Ea­gan grad­u­ated in 1916. On Fri­day, his great-nephew Robert Ea­gan pre­sented the school with an Olympic tro­phy that was given to his dad, Ed­die’s nephew, in 1983 by the Olympic Hall of Fame.

There’s no men­tion of Ea­gan on the school’s Wall of Fame be­cause all of his ac­com­plish­ments came af­ter grad­u­a­tion. Ac­cord­ing to prin­ci­pal Rick Olsen, Ea­gan went to the Univer­sity of Den­ver and then to Yale. There, hew on a na­tional heavy­weight box­ing ti­tle. “In 1920, he was on­the Olympic team for box­ing and won a gold at An­twerp,” Olsen said. “In 1932, he got on the U.S. four-man bob­sled team, and they won gold.”

Ea­gan, who was born in 1897, died in 1967 just short of his 70th birth­day. Olsen plans to put to­gether a ded­i­ca­tion to Ea­gan at the school fea­tur­ing the tro­phy and any other mem­o­ra­bilia that they re­ceive. Ea­gan served in both World Wars in non­com­bat­ive roles.

In 1927, hemar­ried Peggy Col­gate, an heiress to the Col­gate-Pal­mo­live for­tune. When her father died three years later, the pair in­her­ited $140 mil­lion. That al­lowed for a lux­u­ri­ous life­style and, partly as a re­sult, his ac­com­plish­ments didn’t end in his later years. In 1949, he set the record for cir­cum­nav­i­gat­ing the globe by com­mer­cial air­craft (it took him six days, pre-jet). Times-Call

Ed­win Ea­gan holds a U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame medal owned by his great-un­cle, Ed­ward Ea­gan. Lewis Geyer, Times-Call

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