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Data: Ohio is among the top five states to have won the most gold medals at the Olympics

Data: Ohio is among the top five states to have won the most gold medals at the Olympics

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – A recent study found that Ohio is among the five states that have produced the most gold medals for Team USA at the Olympic Games.

The United States is the most gold medal-winning country of all time, with some states contributing more than others. Team USA will continue to compete for more gold at the upcoming Olympic Games, which will be held in Paris from July 26 to August 11.

With the 2024 Olympic Games less than three weeks away, The Sport Geek has compiled data from official Olympic Games records on the number of gold medals won by each state, broken down by athletes’ hometowns, since the Games began in 1896.

Ohio took third place with 44 gold medals. Simone Biles, born in Columbus in 1997, is the state’s most decorated athlete. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, the gymnast won four gold medals and a bronze. At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, she won a bronze and a silver medal.

The No. 1 spot goes to California, which has produced 127 gold medals. The most decorated Olympian born in the state is swimmer Mark Spitz. He won seven gold medals at the 1972 Munich Games.

In second place is New York, with 70 gold medals. Swimmer Ryan Lochte is the state’s most decorated athlete. He is tenth in all-time Olympic medals won and is the second-most decorated athlete on Team USA. Lochte has six gold, three silver and three bronze medals.

The state with the fourth most gold medals is Illinois, which has produced 40 gold medals. The most medaled athlete in the state is track and field athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee. She won three gold, one silver, and two bronze medals from 1988 to 1996.

In fifth place is Texas, with 34 gold medals. The most decorated athlete from the Lone Star State is Carl Lewis, a track and field competitor, who is one of only four Olympic athletes to win nine gold medals.

The top 10 is completed by Maryland (31), Pennsylvania (31), Florida (23), Michigan (23) and New Jersey (23). The states that have produced the fewest gold medals are North Dakota (0), New Hampshire (0), Wyoming (1), Rhode Island (1) and Maine (1).

West Virginia ranks 35th with five gold medals, and Kentucky ranks 38th with three gold medals.