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11 of the 18 U.S. gold medals are from Maryland athletes

How well would Maryland be doing in the Olympics if it was its own country? That's the question WUSA posited when it looked at The Baltimore Sun's graphic that tracks how Olympic athletes with ties to Maryland are doing at the Games.

The answer? Not too badly. As of this morning, athletes with ties to Maryland have earned 11 gold medals in total, which would place them third in the rankings strictly in terms of gold medals — right behind the 18 earned by the United States and the 13 earned by China, but above the seven earned by Japan. If the gold medals won by Maryland athletes were subtracted from the United States gold medals, Maryland would rank second.

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Olympic medal chart

Athletes with ties to Maryland have snagged 15 Olympic medals. That doesn't look that impressive in comparison to the 50 medals United States athletes have earned, but it does mean that Maryland would be in fifth place. So far, all of these medals have been earned by Maryland athletes on the Olympic swim team: Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps with five apiece, Allison Schmitt with two, and Cierra Runge, Jack Conger, and Chase Kalisz each with one.

So while this comparison is purely hypothetical, it's yet another good reason to have Maryland pride. More than half of the gold medals won by the United States have been because of the efforts of athletes with ties to Maryland.

Readers have noted that our count includes the swimming relays for each Maryland athlete that participated: Katie Ledecky, Allison Schmitt and Cierra Runge for the Women's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay and Michael Phelps and Jack Conger in the Mens 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay. 

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