What everyone is saying about Minnesota at the Olympics

Minnesota has helped Team USA vault up the medals table.
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Minnesota has helped Team USA vault up the medals table.
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Minnesota has made the biggest noise for the USA at this year's Winter Olympics.

We're not blessed with the mountain ranges seen in Colorado, Utah and Montana, but damn do we make the most of what we've got.

It explains Minnesota's dominance on the ground – Jessie Diggins' cross-country gold, women's ice hockey, and the men's curling team – and the impact made by Minnesota-born athletes is not being ignored by the national media.

Check out this stat from Washington Post political reporter Aaron Blake.

Minnesota rules, basically, which is why the New York Times ran a piece called "Team USA? More like Team Minnesota."

"That Minnesotans are leading American success in these sports should not be surprising. Minnesota produces more girls and women hockey players than any other state by far, according to U.S.A. Hockey, and the second-most curlers after Wisconsin, per U.S.A. Curling. And Minnesota, with a thriving cross-country community, is one of the few states where Nordic skiing is a varsity sport."

The Times' effusive article has even seen it forgiven for grape salad-gate, according to the Twitter arbiter of Minnesota pride, Indignant Minnesotan, much to the relief of Times editor Cynthia Collins.

It also came to the attention of St. Paul medal winner Lindsey Vonn.

Yahoo meanwhile has ranked states by the number of medals won, and dontcha know it – Minnesota is top.

The men's curling team led by John Shuster has come in for significant attention after "The Miracurl On Ice," not least from Slate, which pulled together this extensive piece on the rags to riches story of the mostly-Minnesotan team of five that they say is worthy of a movie.

The Boston Globe agrees, saying the team's story is "Made for Hollywood" after Shuster wasn't included in USA Curling's high-performance training program for potential Olympians set up after the Sochi games.

This led to the team Shuster pulled together being dubbed "Team Reject," the Los Angeles Times notes – with their journey ending in truly Cinderella fashion.


Olympics: Gophers could be golden

The University of Minnesota could have a couple of its alumni win gold medals at the London Olympics on Saturday. Former Gopher basketball star Lindsay Whalen has helped lead Team USA to the gold medal game, and former Gopher volleyball star Lindsey Berg will go for gold Saturday, too.

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