During the 1960 Olympics in Rome, the Press sisters became the first siblings to win gold medals in the same Olympiad. Irina, the younger of the two sisters, equaled the then 10.6-second Olympic record in her 80m hurdle semifinal heat, and then won a gold medal in the final. Tamara won a silver medal in the discus throw, and also a gold medal in the shot put in an Olympic record distance of 17.32 m. In celebration of this event, let’s take a look at the history of famous siblings who have made feat in sports.
Serena and Venus Williams
The Williams sisters are two of the best women tennis players in the world. At an early age, the sisters were coached by their father, Richard Williams. Venus Williams, the older of the two sisters, is a seven-time Grand Slam title winner (singles), while Serena Williams is a twenty three-time Grand Slam title winner. They became the first two players in both the male and female categories to compete in 4 consecutive Grand Slam singles finals from the 2002 French Open to the 2003 Australian Open.
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Serena and Williams won 4 gold medals at the Summer Olympic Games, each winning 1 in the singles, and 3 in the doubles. Venus also won a silver medal in mixed doubles at the 2016 Rio Olympics. As a pair, they also completed the Career Golden Slam in doubles twice. Between 2000 and 2016, Serena won 7 Wimbledon singles titles, while Venus won 5. In the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics, they also won 2 Olympic Gold medals. The sisters have repeatedly held top 2 singles and doubles spots in the world rankings.
Irina and Tamara Press
Tamara Press and her younger sister Irina Press are both retired Soviet athletes. Born to Jewish parents in Ukraine, the siblings studied at the University of Leningrad were they began displaying their athletic prowess. Tamara was excellent at shot put and discus throw, while Irina dominated sprint events. Irina Press participated mostly in hurdle and pentathlon events. Between 1959 and 1966, the sisters dominated the track world by setting 26 world records and won several medals for the Soviet Union.
Athletic sisters who are queens of the track world, Irina, (left), and Tamara Press, congratulate each other after both scored world record triumphs in the pre-Olympic tryouts at Moscow’s Lenin Central Stadium. Both Leningrad girls proved why they are Russia’s best hopes for Olympic Gold Medals, with Irina equaling the world mark for the 80-meter hurdles, and Tamara setting a shotput record of 17 meters, 42 centimeters, (57 feet, 1 1/4 inches, approximately).
At the 1960 Olympics in Rome, they became the first siblings to win gold medals in the same Olympiad. Irina won a gold medal in the 80 m hurdle final while Tamara won a silver medal in the discus and the gold in the shot. During their career as athletes, it was highly speculated that they were men playing as women because of their masculine physiques. Journalists often referred to the Press sisters as the “Press Brothers.” In 1966, the Press sisters retired from athletics shortly after gender verification was introduced.
Ralf and Michael Schumacher
Ralf Schumacher and his older brother, Michael Schumacher are both car racers from Kerpen, Germany. During Ralf Schumacher’s career, he raced for Jordan, Williams, and Toyota, winning six car races. All of his Ralf’s wins came from his tint at Williams-BMW. Ralf and Michael also raced together Schumacher raced in Formula One. They are the only siblings ever to win Formula One races.
Michael Schumacher (R) and his brother Ralf chat prior to the first race of the DTM German Touring Car Championship at Hockenheimring on April 29, 2012 in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Ralf retired from Formula One after he wasn’t able to find a drive for the 2008 season. Since then, Ralf Schumacher has raced in DTM touring cars. Michael Schumacher, on the other hand, spent most of his driving career in Formula One. Michael is the only driver in history to have won 7 Formula One World Championships, winning five consecutively. He also holds the record for the most winnings in the Grand Prix (91), most races won in a single season (13), and the fastest laps (77).
Kolo and Yaya Toure
Kolo Toure, the former Ivorian footballer, played as a defender in Celtic, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and the Ivory Coast national team. Kolo and his younger brother, Yaya Toure started their career at ASEC Mimosas, an Ivorian club. The brothers were also teammates on the Ivorian national team and in Manchester City. Kolo Toure is also one of the eight players ever to win the Premier League with two different clubs, having won it with Arsenal and Manchester City.
Yaya Toure of Manchester City shows appreciation to the fans as his brother Kolo Toure looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Brighton and Hove Albion at Etihad Stadium on May 9, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
In 2007, Yaya Toure moved to FC Barcelona and played over 70 matches for the club. He has also played as a central midfielder for Olympiacos, and Monaco. Yaya who has played for Ivory Coast’s national team since 2004 captained the team to victory at the 2015 African Cup of Nations. Yaya Toure is regarded as one of the best midfielders in the world.
Ronald and Frank de Boer
Ronald de Boer, the former Dutch footballer, played as a midfielder for Netherlands’ national team, and a host of European clubs. Most of Ronald’s career successes were with Ajax, where he is currently the A1 assistant manager. Ronald and his twin brother Frank de Boer were also teammates at the Netherlands national team, Ajax, Rangers, Al-Shamal, Al-Rayyan, and FC Barcelona.
(L-R) Frank en Ronald de Boer during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Ajax Amsterdam and Fc Twente at Amsterdam Arena on March 30, 2014 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
Frank de Boer, like his twin, is currently a football manager. After retiring from playing football, he went on to manage the Ajax youth team, and also an assistant manager at the Netherlands national team. He also had a brief managerial position in Serie A in 2016 and with Crystal Palace in 2017.
Reggie and Cheryl Miller
Reggie and Cheryl Miller are the first ever siblings to join the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. They both had illustrious careers. Cheryl Miller is one of the greatest basketball female players the game has ever had. She started playing basketball in college in 1983 scoring 3018 points in her college career. She was always outstanding in her games because of her ability to dominate games.
Reggie Miller is given a playful tap on the rear by sister Cheryl Miller during the Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at Symphony Hall on September 7, 2012 in Springfield, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Cheryl was a 4-time All-American player of the year and a 3-time Naismith player of the year. She is a former two time NCAA champion winning them in 1983 and 1884 with the University of Southern California. Her brother, Reggie Miller was exceptional in his gameplay and known as one of the best shooters in the history of American Basketball. Reggie is second on the all-time list with 2,560 three-pointers. Reggie ended his basketball career with 25, 279 points being 14th best in history. The Miller siblings both have Olympic gold medals – Cheryl won hers in 1984, while Reggie in 1996.
Eli and Peyton Manning
The Manning brothers are known as two of the greatest quarterbacks and the most accomplished players in the history of the NFL. They are both Super Bowl Champions. Peyton Manning has been the prolific of the two, as he finished his career with 71,940 passing yards, 539 touchdown passes, and arecord five MVP trophies. Peyton has been named four times as the NFL most valuable player and has featured in 11 Pro Bowls. He is also a Super Bowl XLI champion and MVP.
Eli Manning of the New York Giants and Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos appear at the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays on May 4, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Unlike his brother, Eli has featured in just two Pro Bowls and has over 27, 579 passing yards in only eight seasons with the New York Giants. However, he matched his brother in the trophy category by bagging two Super Bowl victories as well as 2 Super Bowl MVPs. The brothers staggering football statistics makes them one of the best in the sporting history.
Dom, Vince, and Joe DiMaggio
Imagine three brothers being great players in the game of Baseball. That was the story of Dom, Vince, and Joe DiMaggio. Joe was the best player out of them all, as he had a long list of accomplishments. These accomplishments include – 56-game hit streak, MLB Hall of Fame inductee and a 9x World Series champion.
(L to R) Outfielders Vince DiMaggio of the Cincinnati Reds, Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees and Dominic DiMaggio of the Boston Red Sox, pose together prior to a benefit All-Star Game for Finnish Relief on March 18, 1940 at Plant Field in Tampa, Florida. Joe scored the only run for the American League, which lost 2-1. Dom was sidelined by an ankle injury. (Photo by: Diamond Images/Getty Images)
Although Vince and Dom were not as famous Joe, they managed to have outstanding careers as well. Vince made the All-Star team in 1943 and 1944 while playing Pittsburgh Pirates as an outfielder. Dom had a better career than Vince. He made the 7-All-Star baseball team while he played as a center fielder for Boston Red Sox. Despite missing out on three seasons in his prime when he served in the Navy, Dom finished his career with a .298 average.
Kyle and Kurt Busch
Kyle and Kurt Busch are American professional stock racing drivers. Kurt Busch started racing in the Cup series full time in 2001 and won it for the first time in 2004. The highlight of his younger brother’s career, Kyle, was in 2009 when he won the NASCAR Nationwide Series champion.
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, talks with his brother, Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Ford, during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Consmers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 10, 2018 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
Kyle also won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2015. Between them, they have 48 Cup Series wins, 3 Rookie of the Year Awards, 1 Cup Series championship and 1 Nationwide Series championship. Despite being talented on the wheels, the Busch brothers are also known for their hot temper.
Pau and Marc Gasol
Pau and Marc Gasol are brothers from Spain who have established themselves in American Basketball. Pau already made a name for himself in Spain before coming to America in 2001 to win 2 NBA titles with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010. He also won Rookie of the Year with the Grizzlies.
Pau Gasol #16 of the San Antonio Spurs chats with brother Marc Gasol #33 of the Memphis Grizzlies before the start of their game at AT&T Center on March 23, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that , by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)
After spending 16 seasons in the NBA, Pau has had an average of 18 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. His brother’s accomplishments, Marc, include three All-Star teams, two All-NBA honors and the Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2013.