Frank Kugler’s great exploits in the Olympic Game is not about winning the most number of medals or setting any new record in any sport discipline. He gained popularity in the Olympiad by virtue of being a versatile athlete, winning four medals in the Olympics in weightlifting, freestyle wrestling, and tug of war at the 1904 edition of the Games in St Louis. This feat makes him the only participant that won medals in three different sports in an Olympic Games.
Kugler took the silver medal in the wrestling’s heavyweight category and three bronze medals in the weightlifting’s two hand lift and all-around dumbbell events and the tug of war competition while representing Saint Louis No. 2 team, that is, the Southwest Turnverein. The German-American Kugler was acknowledged as an American by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) even though he was a German citizen during the Games.
Kugler wounded up as a cellar-dweller in 9 out of 10 events in the dumbbell event but he still nailed the bronze medal outright as he competed with just two other participants.