While London’s Olympiad XXX came to a rock ‘n’ rollin’ close, the medal counters were hard at work in the back room making their tallies — and Floridians have reason to whoop and holler. Not only did the University of Florida tie for ninth place in the gold medal count, but if the state were a country, it would have scored 5th.
According to Jim Turner at the Sunshine State News:
Florida as a state soared. If it were a nation, it would have ranked between Russian and Korea (the good one) on the gold medal scoreboard and 12th on the overall count, just behind the Ukraine and the Netherlands.
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The Sunshine State could count 24 athletes, including seven that were multiple winners who got to stand on a podium during the games, for sports ranging from swimming, track & field, tennis, basketball and soccer to archery, taekwondo, volleyball and gymnastics.
Three of the golds were shared: Lochte and Conor Dwyer in swimming; Abby Wambach and Heather Mitts in women’s soccer; and Venus and Serena Williams in doubles tennis.
When considering only UF athletes, the article reported:
As the Olympic torch was extinguished Sunday night, one mighty corner of Florida — the University of Florida — was able to claim a tie for ninth place in the overall gold medal count at the 2012 London Olympics.
“I think we should rename London ‘Son of Swamp,'” Janet Filer, a 1970 UF grad, boasted Sunday night. “We owned that town for two weeks.”
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