Ohio is not only well-known for rock and roll and lemon pies. The Buckeye State is also home of legendary athletes. From baseball, soccer, to track and field, Ohio’s homegrown athletic talent abounds. Here are some famous, hall of famer athletes from Ohio:
Barry Larkin is a retired Major League Baseball (MLB) player born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He earned a spot in the US Olympic Baseball Team in 1984 and a year after, he was picked by the Cincinnati Reds in the MLB Draft. Larkin had a stellar career winning the first three consecutive Gold Glove awards in 1994 and was named the National League MVP in 1995.
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Heather Mitts is a three-time Olympic gold medalist and a former professional soccer player. Also born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Mitts played collegiate soccer at the University of Florida and played for various teams in the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) league. She retired in 2013 with over 130 international appearances in her career and she now has a soccer camp in the Pennsylvania and Ohio areas.
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Harry “Butch” Reynolds is a track and field athlete and Olympic medalist born in Akron, Ohio. Reynolds set a world record in the 1988 Olympics in Zurich, Switzerland with an impressive 43.29-second finish in the 400 meter race. This record stood for 11 years. Reynolds represented the United States in three Olympics and has participated in various World Championship Games.
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