Maryland is the ninth-smallest state in the U.S., home to Old Bay Seasoning, the Baltimore Orioles—and now 12 Rio Olympic medals.
According to the Baltimore Sun, athletes with ties to Maryland have won 12 Olympic medals so far. This means if the state was a country, it would be tied for sixth with South Korea in the overall medal count. A whopping nine of Maryland’s medals are gold, which means that in gold medal count, the state would be the third-ranked country behind the U.S. and China. (Nine medals includes one for each Maryland athlete who participated and won gold for swimming relays.)
So far, all of the Maryland’s medaling has come from the swimming: Katie Ledecky, Michael Phelps, Allison Schmitt, Cierra Runge, Jack Conger and Chase Kalisz are each Maryland-area athletes, and they’ve all won medals.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan tweeted some MD pride this week celebrating the victories:
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