Minnesota – John Shuster
Shuster is one of the most random additions to this list as a winter sports athlete. He led the first U.S. team to win Olympic gold when he claimed victory in Pyeongchang. It was a very inspiring story because he lost significant amounts of weight before assembling the roster.
This was an outstanding achievement and it secured him his second Olympic medal after he won bronze in 2006. The Duluth resident is a proud Minnesotan and arguably their best athlete now. He never expected this when he was working at Dick’s Sporting Goods (via Ottawa Sun).