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Texas in top ten states most likely to produce Olympic gold medalists at Paris 2024

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New data has revealed the states most likely to produce an Olympic gold medalist, with Texas in the top ten. Image for illustration purposes
New data has revealed the states most likely to produce an Olympic gold medalist, with Texas in the top ten. Image for illustration purposes
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  • New data has revealed that California is the state most likely to produce an Olympic gold medalist, with 78 gold medal-winning athletes from the last six Olympics. 
  • Texas ranks sixth, with 16 gold medal-winning athletes. 
  • The research found the total number of gold medal-winning athletes for each state who competed at the last six Olympic Games. 

New data has revealed the states most likely to produce an Olympic gold medalist, with Texas in the top ten. 

Online casinos independent reviewer KingCasinoBonus.uk calculated the total number of athletes from each state who have won a gold medal at one of the latest three Summer Olympic Games and the latest three Winter Olympic Games. The states were then ranked from most to least gold medalists.  

California is the most successful state at the Olympics, with 78 gold medal-winning athletes from the latest six Olympic Games. Allyson Felix, who hails from Los Angeles, is one of the most decorated Californian Olympians, with seven Olympic golds, three silvers and one bronze. The Golden State dominates when it comes to the pool, and Mark Spitz is California’s most decorated Olympic swimmer with nine medals, seven of which are gold. 

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In the silver medal position is Florida, with 24 gold medal-winning athletes from the last six games. Swimmer Caeleb Dressel from Green Cove Springs in Florida won the most gold medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics across all sports and athletes, with five golds won in the pool. The 27-year-old now has seven gold medals in total from Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020. 

Taking the bronze is New York, with 21 gold medal-winning athletes. Rai Benjamin from Mount Vernon, New York, is a track and field athlete and won a gold and a silver medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. 12-time Olympic medalist and six-time gold medal-winner Ryan Lochte hails from Rochester and ranks as the second-most decorated swimmer in Olympic history in terms of total medals, along with Natalie Coughlin, Dara Torres, and Jenny Thompson. 

Rank State Number of gold medalists 
California 78 
Florida 24 
New York 21 
Minnesota 19 
Illinois 18 
Texas 16 
New Jersey 15 
Pennsylvania 13 
Michigan 11 
10 Indiana 10 

In fourth place is Minnesota, with 19 gold medal-winning athletes. The North Star State dominates the Winter Olympics, with a total of 103 medals won since the Winter Games began in 1924. Lindsay Vonn is the only Minnesotan to have won a gold medal in an individual event at the Winter Olympics. Hockey player Jenny Potter has won the greatest number of Winter Olympic medals, with four medals. 

Illinois has the fifth-highest number of gold medal-winning athletes, with 18 gold medal-winners. The Prairie State has won 6% of USA Winter Olympic medals since the start of these games, with 45 medals, and its best winter sport is speed skiing, with 13 medals. Swimmer Ryan Murphy, from Palos Heights, is one the state’s most decorated Olympians, with four gold medals and the former men’s 100-meter backstroke world record. 

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Sixth place also goes to Texas, with 16 gold medal-winners. Amongst its gold medal-winning roster from the past six games are Plano’s BMX racer Connor Fields at Rio 2016 and Abilene’s David Boudia, who won the gold in the 10m platform dive at London 2012.  

In seventh place is New Jersey, with 15 gold medalists. New Brunswick-born Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone holds the world record and Olympic Games record for the 400m hurdles at the young age of 24. The Garden State’s best sport has been basketball in the past six games, with four gold medalists in the sport. 

Pennsylvania is in eighth place, with 13 gold medal-winning athletes. At London 2012, Jamie Lynn Corkish won the 50m rifle three positions gold medal and the late Philadelphia-born Kobe Bryant won gold at the London 2012 Games too. 

In the penultimate place in the ranking is Michigan, with 11 gold medalists. Saginaw-born tennis legend Serena Williams won the women’s singles and women’s doubles, with sister Venus, at London 2012. West Bloomfield’s Meryl Davis won the gold medal for ice dancing with partner Charlie White, making them the first Americans to win an Olympic gold medal in ice dancing. 

Concluding the ranking is Indiana, with 10 gold medalists. South Bend-born basketballer Skylar Diggins-Smith won gold with her team at Tokyo 2020, and Indianapolis’ Lauren Holiday won the gold with the USA soccer team at Beijing 2008 and London 2012. 

A spokesperson for KingCasinoBonus.uk commented on the findings:  

“The US is a force to be reckoned with at the Olympics, having won the most medals of any nation at the Games. Its dominance can be attributed to a variety of factors, such as the variety of environments, from coastal regions to mountains, the climate, world-class training facilities such as the VELO Sports Center, which will host the track cycling at the LA 2028 Olympics, its culture of fitness and wellness, its rich legacy of sporting success, and investment in sports programs. A recent study by Deloitte found that North America receives over a third of all investment in sports worldwide. 

“All the states in the top ten have produced world-class athletes who are legends of their sports, such as Allison Schmitt from Pittsburgh and Allyson Felix from LA, who are two of the most decorated Olympians in history, and Lauren Holiday from Indianapolis is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup champion.” 

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Methodology:  

Using a list of USA Olympic medalists, the total number of gold medal-winning athletes from each state who competed at the London 2012, Rio 2016, and Tokyo Olympic Games and the Sochi 2014, Pyeongchang 2018 and Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games. 

The states were then ranked from the highest to lowest number of athletes who won a gold medal. 

Sources: Deloitte study 

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