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#WNSTSweet16 Greatest Local Olympic Sport Athletes

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#WNSTSweet16 Greatest Local Olympic Sport Athletes

Posted on 04 February 2014 by Luke Jones

As we shift our attention from Super Bowl XLVIII and another football season to Sochi, Russia and the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics, it’s time to take a look at our latest #WNSTSweet16 list that recognizes the greatest local Olympic sport athletes to represent the area.

Some names may have garnered little more than 15 minutes of fame with their athletic glory while a few have become heroes who will never be forgotten in the local community as well as in the entire country. Athletes who were either born in the state of Maryland or resided here for a significant period of time during their triumphs were considered for the list.

As WNST.net’s Glenn Clark previously pointed out, winning a medal and even participating in the Olympics weren’t requirements, but the list of Marylanders to triumph in either the Winter or Summer Games is extensive, meaning Olympic triumph carried heavier influence in paring down the candidates. Other guidelines that were considered were career longevity as well as a preference to recognize individual success before team competitions.

Here’s the list of the WNST Sweet 16 Greatest Local Olympic Sport Athletes:

16. Pam Shriver, tennis

The McDonogh grad may never have won a Grand Slam singles title, but her remarkable doubles career included 21 championships in Grand Slam tournaments and an Olympic gold medal playing with Zinna Garrison in Seoul, South Korea in 1988. The pair topped Jana Novotná and Helena Suková in the doubles final to take the gold.

Because this list doesn’t require Olympic triumph or participation, the argument could be made to move Shriver much higher on the list, but tennis wasn’t reintroduced as an Olympic medal sport until 1988 — after a 64-year hiatus– when her best years were winding down. Shriver did not appear in another edition of the Summer Games, but her triumph in Seoul coupled with even her late-career success made her a worthy inclusion. 

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Before we get to Socchi, our #WNSTSweet16 recognizes local Olympic sport athletes

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Before we get to Socchi, our #WNSTSweet16 recognizes local Olympic sport athletes

Posted on 02 February 2014 by Glenn Clark

If you’ve missed the first month of the #WNSTSweet16, you’ve missed a lot.

We’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. To mark the occasion, we’re taking a look at some of the bigger “water cooler” topics that have been discussed during the course of the WNST era. We’re already four lists into the year, here’s a look back on them.

Week 1: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 “debuts” in local sports history
Week 2: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports playoff moments
Week 3: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 local sports people who “had a dream”
Week 4: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t

Which brings us to our fifth week.

The 2014 Winter Olympics are set to get underway this weekend in Socchi, Russia. There aren’t a whole lot of local connections to this year’s Olympiad, but that hasn’t always been the case. The state of Maryland has been well represented over the years.

For this week’s #WNSTSweet16, Luke Jones looks over the Greatest Local Olympic Sport Athletes.

You might have caught something in there. Yes, that’s right. Olympic SPORT athletes. The athletes included on this list are not required to have won anything at a particular Olympics or to have even competed in one. They just have to have competed in a sport that is known as an “Olympic sport”.

This is where things get interesting for Luke, isn’t it?

Look, we all know who is going to be at the top of the list-so it does take a good bit of the drama out of this-but not all of it. Plenty of other athletes have represented the state of Maryland in the Olympics besides Michael Phelps. Most recently, basketball stars like Carmelo Anthony and Angel McCoughtry have brought gold back to Charm City. Kimmie Meissner not only competed in an Olympics but won a World Championship in an Olympic sport (figure skating).

But if you’re like me, we’re not far into the list and we’re already struggling to name more. Tommy Hannan won a gold medal out of Mt. St. Joe. Dominique Dawes is from Maryland and has won four Olympic medals.

Who else?

Remember, they don’t have to have won anything in the Olympics or EVEN PARTICIPATED in them. They just have to have competed in an “Olympic Sport” (Note: baseball is no longer an Olympic sport.)

This is easily the toughest list anyone from our crew has had to tackle yet.

So Luke needs your help. Leave your ideas here in the comments or email him via luke@wnst.net. We will be discussing the list throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net. We’d love to have you Tweet with us or discuss the topic via Facebook by using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16.

On Tuesday morning, Luke will unveil his list here at WNST.net and will discuss it with Drew Forrester on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. He will check back in at 4pm Tuesday with me on “The Reality Check Driven by Jerry’s Toyota Scion” to discuss the list further.

Who are we missing? Who do we need to know about? You need to tell us now!

-G

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