Time Magazine Says All States Should Bow Down To Wyoming
When the United States Olympic Committee announced it's 530 athlete roster for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Time magazine came up with some comparisons that put the State of Wyoming at the top of the heap.
According to the article, Wyoming is in the top spot for Olympians produced per capita. California ended up second followed by Vermont, Hawaii and Oregon to fill out the top 5.
The state is no Olympic neophyte. Rulon Gardner, who famously upset world champ Alexander Karelin of Russia at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, grew up on a dairy farm in tiny Afton (population 1,911). Heather Moody won a silver medal in water polo at the 2000 Olympics, as well as a bronze in Athens. Wyoming is the hometown for two throwing medalists – John Godina, who won a silver in Atlanta and bronze in Sydney, in shot put, and Lance Deal, a 1996 silver medalist in the hammer throw.
See the entire article HERE.
Of course it only takes 2 Olympic Athletes to tip the scales in Wyoming's favor. When asked if everyone should be surprised about Wyoming's standing, Governor Matt Mead, who has an Olympian in his lineage, responded,
Of course not, Wyoming's a player.
Wyoming athletes participating this year are Brett Newlin a rower and Jennifer Nichols an archer. Olympic updates and an eye on the local athletes will be covered here and on AM1030 K2 Radio.