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Oregon’s Claim On Olympic Sports

Every state can boast qualities that transfer to sports, especially with the variety of Olympic sports. But even on that world stage, some states come up short.

For example, no event for breathing pollution? If there was, you’d see gold medals on every neck in LA instead of gold chains.

No event for sauna? That would put gold medals on every summer road crew in Texas.

What about Oregon? What are the characteristics that transfer to sports?

The first thing people ask about Oregon is the rain.

“Does it rain as much as we hear?” they whine.

Yes, it does, it’s wet, which explains our great swimmers. By now you’ve heard of Michael Phelps and his gold medals, Mark Spitz and his gold.

Before them came the great Don Schollander and his haul from the Tokyo Games of 1964. Four golds swam back to Lake Oswego. Not seven or eight, but four was a huge load for the times, the biggest since Jesse Owens’ take from the Nazi Olympics in 1936. Read the rest of this entry

Big Time History

Publsished on oregonsportsnews.com

WHEN IT’S NOT ABOUT SPORTS, IT’S STILL ABOUT SPORTS

A sports fan’s journey to the top of the college football world is the best part of the trip. While a national championship answers all questions with one word, scoreboard, ignoring other teams along the way  leaves out more than you imagine.

When the Beavers checked out at #4 in the nation during the Dennis Erickson era, they raised the bar higher than any point in Oregon State football.

They missed the Big Time where they would have rolled over Oklahoma and one of the Stoops brothers in the Orange Bowl.

A great year? Read the rest of this entry

Oregon Ladies Get Their Letter

HISTORY NEVER FORGETS

Oregon's Jordan Hasay

An athletic record book includes nearly every accomplishment in sports, unless you were an early female competitor.

Times have changed between Babe Didrikson Zaharias  and Mariel Zagunis

Althea Gibson set the table for the Williams sisters in professional tennis.  BeckySisley did the same for the ladies competing at the University of Oregon.

Now the Oregon Ducks welcome the pioneers of women’s athletics, more than 250 women from 13 sports.  Their historical contributions will be forever safeguarded.

Gender equality plays a bigger role in sports, and outside of sports.  The best way to celebrate accomplishments in the face of adversity is creating context. 

Oregon women didn’t have enough uniforms for everyone and had to share.  They couldn’t play on the same fields as the men.  They weren’t offered scholarships.

But they still played, and University of Oregon women, athletes or not, are all better because of them.