Bode Miller? Jenny Thompson? Matt Bonner? Who Is The Best Athlete To Come Out Of New Hampshire?
(Dover, NH) - It's a question often asked, and argued, and may be impossible to answer. But who do you think is the best athlete with NH ties?
I did some research, and found the answer may depend on which era you grew up in.
A Sports Illustrated article from December of 1999 listed Carlton "Pudge" Fisk at the #1 spot. The Charlestown native played for the Red Sox and the White Sox, was a 10 Time All Star and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000. Those of us old enough remember his 12th inning home run shot in game 6 of the 1975 World Series.
(The Reds won game 7.)
Jump ahead to 2012, and a survey by bleacherreport.com lists Bode Miller as the best from the Granite State.
A North Country native, Samuel Bode Miller grew up in Franconia. He has won gold in both Olympic and World Cup skiing competitions and is considered by many as one of the greatest World Cup racers of all time.
A more recent list of the best athletes from New Hampshire puts Tara Mounsey in the top spot.
The Concord High grad led the Crimson to the 1996 State Championship and was the Class L Player of the year. That was when there was no girls hockey team at Concord High. She went on to help the U.S. win Olympic Gold in 1998 and Silver in 2002.
So, who would you put at the top of the list?
Jenny Thompson is one of the most decorated swimmers in Olympic history with 12 medals (8 of them Gold). Thompson is a Massachusetts native who moved to NH at the age of 13 to further her training. The Dover Outdoor Pool was renamed the Jenny Thompson pool in her honor.
Matt Bonner led Concord High to 3 State Championships, was a 2-time All American at Florida and won 2 NBA Championships with the San Antonio Spurs.
Paul Michael Levesque left Nashua to become wrestling superstar "Triple H". He was a 5-time World Heavyweight Champion.
Let us know who you think is New Hampshire's Best.