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(NEXSTAR) – Every Olympic athlete wearing the stars and stripes will represent the United States, but some states are pumping out potential medalists at a much faster rate than their neighbors. .
All told, the US is sending a team of 821 Olympic athletes and Paralympic games. Every state except North Dakota and Wyoming sends at least one athlete to represent the nation, including Washington, DC and Puerto Rico.
California sent 150 athletes and Florida sent 64 athletes. New York drew Colorado with 41 athletes. Texas sent 40 and Illinois sent 29, according to biographical information provided on the Team USA website. But that doesn’t tell the whole story.
On a per capita basis, Hawaiians will buy gold at a higher rate than any other state. Hawaii has only sent 11 athletes in total, but the state is sending 7.56 athletes per million residents, represented mainly by surfing and volleyball. That number narrowly beats Colorado and the District of Columbia, which are each sending seven million to the games, nearly double the rate that Californians are earning a trip to Tokyo.
Some states will pin their hopes on a single representation. Arkansas, for example, will only send one of the state’s three million residents to the games. That’s similar to the rates in Puerto Rico, Idaho and West Virginia, each with a single athlete.
The summer games – postponed last year due to the global pandemic – will officially open on July 23. According to estimates 11,360 athletes will participate.
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