Before writing this book, my knowledge
of Gemini was simply that they were mythical twin brothers called Castor and
Pollux in the days of ancient Rome. I also knew that when they were supposed to
have died, they were given their own constellation in the sky. (It’s actually
one of the easier Zodiac constellations to spot).
That wasn’t helping me in finding out
what Gemini athletes excelled at, so I decided to google Gemini. The first entry
I found was the Wikipedia page on Gemini (astrology) where I was attracted to
the following Gemini traits:
to me to be team player traits. Not necessarily those for aggressive sports like
Ice Hockey or Field Hockey but more like those needed for a sport like Curling.
Was I right?
and no. Yes for females and No for males. Here is the chart showing the
percentage of total medals won by female Gemini athletes for all Olympic team
The dotted grey line shows the expected
percentage. Water Polo, Curling, Basketball and Football (Soccer) are
significantly above expected.
Combining these significant sports for
Women, gives this result.
All Women’s Water Polo, Curling, Football and Basketball
The probability of Gemini athletes
getting this many medals is over 1 in 100,000. However, it is fair to criticise
this probability on the grounds that I have somewhat arbitrarily chosen these
four sports. Nevertheless, the chances of getting four probabilities as high as
this out of a total of 9 sports is still very slim (approximately 2,000 to 1).
On looking at the male team sports, only
Polo is significantly higher than expected.
And that gave me a clue to the next
Going back to Wikipedia, the article
specifically on Castor and Pollux states that Castor was a great horseman and
that he was venerated much more than Pollux, who was a boxer. So, we’ll never
mind the Pollux and concentrate on the equestrian side.
Currently, the Olympic Equestrian
Of these, Gemini equestrians, although
not much better than average at Jumping, are better than average at Dressage and
Eventing. Eventing has a substantial Dressage component to it.
These two disciplines have competitions
for individuals and for teams. Gemini are not much better than average at
Individual competitions but are highly significantly better than average in the
Combining these team competitions with
the Polo competitions, (Polo was an Olympic sport in 1900, 1908, 1920, 1924 and
1936), gives the following chart.
Equestrian Team Dressage, Eventing and Polo Competitions.
The probability of Gemini being due to
chance is more than 1 in 350.
There is one other sporting area I found
Geminis to be good at. Male Geminis are significantly better than average at
Weightlifting. (Women’s Weightlifting events only started in 2000 so it is too
early yet to make a judgement on them).
When combined with Tug of War, which was
an Olympic event from 1900 to 1920, it gives the following chart. Gemini is once
more very highly significant.
All Weightlifting and Tug of War Competitions
What does this mean?
It seems to me that Gemini athletes
excel when they are trying to unite themselves with something else. In female
teams, they are trying to unite the individual players in a team. I suspect that
in the teams where they don’t excel and in male teams, other qualities probably
count for more than what is often called “team spirit”.
With the Equestrian discipline of
Dressage, the Gemini athlete unites with the horse and this carries over onto
Eventing. It seems that they need the additional impetus of being on a team to
be able to beat their nearest competitors, which happen to be Leos.
In Weightlifting, is the Gemini athlete
uniting with the bar to lift the weight as in the Tug of War where he is uniting
with his fellow athletes to pull the rope?
I don’t know!
Did you know that there have been
several twins who have been awarded the same medal in the same competition at
the same time?
Sandy & Sonia Chick of Zimbabwe - gold medallists in
Hockey in 1980 - and Geminis!
Peter & Pavol Hochschorner of Slovakia - gold
medallists in Canoe Slalom in 2004
Patrick & Pascal Barré of France – bronze medallists
in the 4 x 100m relay in 1980
Henrik & Daniel Sedin of Canada - gold medallists in
Ice Hockey in 2006
Bernd & Jorg Landvoigt of East Germany- gold
medallists in Coxless Pairs Rowing in 1976 & 1980
Yuri & Nikolai Pimenov of the Soviet Union – silver
medallists in Coxless Pairs Rowing in 1980, the same competition in which Bernd
& Jorg Landvoigt won the gold medal. Moreover, both sets of twins are identical
and both sets are Aries, the only sign which has significantly more medallists