After asking one involving college sports, I want to know if there has been an athlete who was known for excelling in different sports ever won a championship in separate sports?
Jim Thorpe won championships in football and ballroom dancing, an interesting combination. Surprisingly, he does not appear to have any victories in track, perhaps because there was no collegiate pentathlon or heptathlon.
[Thorpe] also competed in football, baseball, lacrosse and even ballroom dancing, winning the 1912 intercollegiate ballroom dancing championship.
In 1912 Carlisle won the national collegiate championship largely as a result of [Thorpe's] efforts – he scored 25 touchdowns and 198 points during the season, according to CNN's Greg Botelho.