Over the last week, this area has been full of Maryland pride and for good reason. Baltimore native Michael Phelps and Bethesda native Katie Ledecky have dominated the Rio Olympics, winning a ridiculous eight gold medals combined. The pinnacle Maryland moment occurred on the medal stand Tuesday when Phelps’ friends yelled “O!” during the national anthem. You can’t get more Maryland than that.
As of Saturday morning, athletes from the Old Line State have won 12 of the United States’ 20 gold medals. If Maryland was a country by itself, it would have the second most golds in the Olympics, sitting right behind China (13). That is insanity.
To celebrate, I made a sexy new RMNB t-shirt.
This design is available on men’s, women’s, and kids’ t-shirts; baby onesies; maternity clothes; rompers; mugs; and tanktops. We also have several other Maryland-related designs in our shop (1, 2, 3).
Here’s a few more fun Maryland Olympic facts to enjoy:
- Phelps now owns the record for most medals (27) and most golds (22) in Olympics history.
- Phelps won a record fourth consecutive title in a swimming event with his 200m IM victory
- Phelps’ 200m IM victory Thursday allowed him to best an Olympic record that had stood for 2168 years. Phelps’ 13th individual title, scored in Rio’s pool Thursday night, eclipsed the 12 titles held by Leonidas of Rhodes, who won three foot races — the diaulos, stadion and hoplitodromos — in four consecutive festivals between 164 B.C. and 152 B.C.
- Four other athletes with Maryland ties — beyond Phelps and Ledecky — have won medals: Allison Schmitt, Cierra Runge, Jack Conger, and Chase Kalisz.
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) August 10, 2016
Well said, Governor Hogan.
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