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Olympians do Oregon proud

    Thank you, Galen Rupp and Ashton Eaton, for memories of your medal-winning performances in the London Olympics and for the example of how to achieve seemingly impossible dreams.

    Oregon was well-represented at the Olympics. The Wall Street Journal analyzed the U.S. roster and determined which states most exceeded the number of Olympians they should be expected to produce based solely on population. Oregon ranked fifth. And Oregon probably would rank higher if you also included athletes who went to college or trained in the state.

    “Oregon stood perhaps taller than any other state in relation to population,” said Drew Mahalic of the Oregon Sports Authority. Beaverton’s Elsie Windes won a gold medal as member of the U.S. women’s water polo team, and Kevin Love won a gold medal as a member of the men’s basketball team.

    But no Oregon athletes stood taller than Rupp and Eaton, who won individual medals in two of the most grueling Summer Olympics events. Perhaps what stands out most about Eaton and Rupp is how well they represent the values of the state. They are as Oregon as rain and old-growth fir trees. They competed here in high school and college and continue to train here.

    — Excerpt from The Oregonian Editorial, August 13, 2012


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