So, I have been working for far too long on a list of the Olympians with New England connections. If I am missing anyone, I’d love to know… you can see the list on the NECN sports blog, Boston Score. Just click on the Olympics tab.
A few notes as we head into the games. Believe it or now, there are 40-something Olympians with New England ties headed to Beijing. Tons of rowers, some shooters, an archer, a couple of soccer players, and more. It’s a surprisingly diverse list.
It was a great reminder of a few interesting quirks about New England sports. The rowing thing is not very surprising… any more than skiers and snowboarders aren’t a surprise in the Winter Games. But you forget sometimes that Jimmy Pedro trains some kick-butt judo types in Wakefield, Mass.
Or that for some reason, Farmington, Maine is pretty much the capital of the American racewalking community.
Keep checking back on the NECN blogs, because I plan on keeping the list of how all these New Englanders are doing as up-to-date as I can for the next fortnight. (Ahh, fortnight – a word one can only use for Wimbledon and an Olympic Games.)