Bruce Jenner Among Five Best Olympians from Connecticut
Connecticut may be one of the smallest states in the nation, but it has been full of Olympic contenders for several years. At the 2012 London Games, Olympic hopefuls from Connecticut like Donn Cabral, Amanda Clark, Charlie Cole and Rob Crane all have their eyes set on the gold. They could join the following five Olympic athletes that hail from the state.
UConn Woman's Basketball Team
Fans familiar with the UConn woman's basketball team dominating the NCAA tournament can see them do the same in London. The 2012 Olympic team may be the most impressive yet, with Uconn woman's coach Geno Auriemma at the helm.
Former Huskies players on the woman's team include Swin Cash, Tina Charles, Sue Bird, Asjha Jones, Maya Moore and Diana Taurasi. They have proven to be some of the best female basketball players in the world.
Bruce Jenner - Decathlon
Bruce Jenner may be known more now as part of the Kardashian clan, but he will forever be known as an Olympic decathlon hero from the 1976 Summer games in Montreal. Jenner spent his younger years in Connecticut, where he attended Newtown High School. After the Olympics he quickly became famous and has never looked back.
Butch Johnson - Archery
In the small town of Woodstock, residents can find Butch Johnson practicing his archery. The Connecticut archer has competed in multiple Olympic events, taking a team gold back in the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games. Johnson returned in 2000 where the USA archery team won a Bronze medal. Johnson has also won several other medals in archery competitions around the world.
Taylor Ritzel - Rowing
Olympian rower Taylor Ritzel may not have grown up in Connecticut, but she spent several years here while attending Yale University. After wining multiple NCAA championships, Ritzel won a gold medal in London during the woman's eight rowing race. She is one of the most recent success from Connecticut and will likely return for the 2016 Summer Games.
Marie Corridon - Swimming
Michael Phelps may be making all the headlines today, but back in 1948 it was Norwalk's own Marie Corridon that came back to Connecticut with a gold medal. Corridon dominated 4x100 freestyle relay with a team that set a world record at the time.
Posted by John William Tuohy