Some enjoy the breweries and local delicacies, while others revel in the culture of Ohio. The Buckeye State has produced many a fine athlete and overachiever that became a force to be reckoned with in their selected sports discipline. I’ve come up with a few names of the people you may not know are from around these parts. Enjoy.
Jack Nicklaus is one of the biggest names in golf. He won four US Open titles, three British ones, five PGAs, and 6 Masters. The Golden Bear is, arguably, the best golfer there is and ever will be. Have you heard of Tiger Woods? Well, Nicklaus has three more championships in a 25-year span.
This one is for tennis lovers. Shirley Fry is a very old Hall-of-Famer and is, at the time of writing, the longest surviving Female Grand Slams Singles champion. She was truly a star of the 40s and the 50s. One could argue that she paved the way and/or set the standard for some of the tennis stars, like Martina Navratilova and the Williams sisters.
Not only was LeBron born in Ohio, but he also played for the Cleveland Cavaliers during two different time periods of his career. He brought home several medals from international competitions, including the Olympics. He made have made a few dubious decisions off the court, but on it, he is no joke.
While Wilson moved out and grew up in Virginia, he was born in Ohio. What I truly love about the quarterback is that he is often credited with bringing the Seattle Seahawks to victory in Super Bowl XLVIII.
The four-time Olympic medalist is best-known for being the first African American to win the world all-around gymnastics title in 2013, only to repeat the feat in 2014 and 2015. She is one of the best gymnasts in history, period.
Jesse Owens was an athlete like no other in 1930, having won four gold medals in the 1936 Olympics in the track and field disciplines. His specialties were the sprint and the long jump. He is responsible for what is known as the greatest 45 minutes in sport in 1935, where he broke three world records and tied for a fourth. Truly a legend of his time, and ours as well.