Connecticut has a rich history of top-notch academics, culture, art and athletics. So, it’s no surprise that many of our Olympic heroes call our great state home. As we begin this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, we want to take a moment to highlight the men and women who exemplify what it means to be from Connecticut.
This Princeton University alum and Glastonbury native has been an NCAA All-American runner for cross country and the 5000 meter run. He is the current American collegiate steeplechase record holder and is competing in the same event at the Rio Olympics this month.
While growing up in Norwalk, Corridon began swimming at the age of five. The 1948 Olympic Games in London were Corridon’s first (and only) games. However, despite her short-lived career, she was able to take home the gold medal for women’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay and set an Olympic record with her team.
Etzel was born and raised in our very own New Haven. In 1984 he competed in the Los Angeles Games and won the gold medal for the 50-meter rifle prone event.
A well-seasoned athlete, Johnson has competed in the Summer Olympics five times. So far, he has won one gold medal and one bronze for team events in archery. He’s still competing at age 60 — expect to see the Woodstock native with Team USA in Rio this month!
Lilly, who went to high school in Wilton, has no shortage of accomplishments. A member of the United States women’s national soccer team for 23 years, Lilly is the most “capped” player in the history of men’s and women’s soccer. In addition to her three Olympic Games (where she took two gold medals and one silver), Lilly has also competed in five FIFA Women’s World Cups.
We cheer for U.S. athletes because they represent our country, but at the Knowledge Green, we celebrate the athletes of Connecticut because they represent our home.
The Olympics are just two days away. We’ll be tuning in to watch our champions — will you?