Lily, Liina and Leila Luik are sisters from Estonia who could be the first set of identical triplets to compete in the Olympics

Has it ever happened in the Olympic history that 3 members of the same family will take part at the same edition of Olympic games (both winter and summer editions)? What is the record for the most family members?

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The record for the most siblings in the same Olympic Games is 4. This happened when the four brothers Luis Adrián, Jorge, José and Roberto Tamés from Mexico competed as two 2-man bobsleigh teams at the 1988 Calgary Winter Games. See 1 (1a), 2, 3.

Three siblings competing in one Olympic Games has happened several times:

Summer Olympics, 3 siblings

Winter Olympics, 3 siblings



Another example of four siblings in the same Olympics is the Belgian Borlée family during the 2016 Rio olympics.

The brothers Jonathan, Kevin and Dylan participated in the 4x400m relay, taking fourth in the final and missing the medals by three hundreds of a second. Jonathan and Kevin also ran individually in the 400m event, while Jonathan added the individual 200m to that. Jonathan and Kevin are twins, while Dylan is the younger brother.

They have an older sister Olivia, who participated in the 200m event in Rio. She was part of the team that won the 4x100m in the 2008 Beijing Olympics after a recent disqualification for doping of the Russian team that finished first.

Their father, Jacques Borlée, is the coach and participated himself in 1980 Moscow Olympics.


Three brothers Charles, Ned and Paul McIlroy competed on the United States Olympic Water polo team in 1964. The brothers graduated from El Segundo High School, in El Segundo, California. Paul graduated in 1955, Charles in 1956 and Ned in 1958.



There were also the four Pettersson brothers of Sweden who competed as one team for the Team Trial, Cycling event in Mexico 1968 Olympics. The four, Erik, Gösta, Sture and Tomas, also won the silver medal in that event.

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