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Miami native Eddy Alvarez, an infielder for the Miami Marlins, has at least one hit in four of five games during the Tokyo Olympics and has been a stalwart defensively at second base. Team USA is set to win a medal in baseball and will come home with either silver or gold on Saturday.
Alvarez, 31, was seen with tears in his eyes while sitting in the dugout following the game. He will become the third U.S. resident to win a medal in both the Summer and Winter Olympics.
"The journey. All the sacrifices I had to make. I couldn't ask for a better group of guys to share this moment with," Alvarez said, according to the New York Times.
With @USABaseball victory over Korea today, INF Eddy Alvarez will become the third American and sixth person to win a medal in both the Summer and Winter Olympics. Team USA will play for the gold medal against Japan on Saturday at 6 a.m. ET.
— Marlins Communications (@MarlinsComms) August 5, 2021
"It's been a long time coming. I didn't know my road was going to take me here," the player added.
Upon the revelation that he will become the sixth person to ever win a medal, Alvarez said, "I still can't believe it. But the job's not done."
Alvarez was a member of the 5,000-meter relay speed skating team that scored a silver medal in the 2014 Sochi games before making his shift to minor league baseball.
Following his move from speed skating, Alvarez signed a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox in June 2014 and eventually worked his way to play in the Class AAA International League with the Charlotte Knights in 2016 before making it to the Marlins in March 2019.
The five other athletes who have won Olympics medals in both Summer and Winter Games include Eddie Eagan, who won gold in boxing in 1920 and another gold in bobsleigh in 1932.
Another U.S. athlete, Lauryn Williams, won silver in the 100-meter sprint in 2004 and gold in the 4x100-meter relay in 2012. She went on to win the 2014 bobsleigh silver medal.
Jacob Tullin Thams of Norway won gold in ski jumping in 1924 and silver in sailing in 1936.
Christa Luding-Rothenburger of Germany won gold in 1984 for speed skating and won silver in 1988 for cycling.
Clara Hughes of Canada won bronze for cycling in 1996 and a bronze medal for speed skating in 2010.
Team USA will go on to compete against Japan for the gold medal in baseball on Saturday, Aug 7.
The U.S. won gold in the 2000 Sydney Olympic baseball championship against Cuba and took bronze during the 2008 Beijing Games.
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Original Author: Kaelan Deese