20 Greatest Athletes: By the numbers

08/13/2011 7:56 AM |

COURTESY PHOTO | At 5-foot-1, gymnast JoAnna Judge is the shorest athlete on out list of the 20 Greatest Athletes in area history. That's just one of the fun facts we've uncovered ifor this by the numbers look at the 20 Greatest Athletes series.

After a one-day hiatus, the 20 Greatest Athletes in area history resumes with the Top 5 beginning Sunday.

Here are some fun facts we’ve come up with for the series. A close look at the numbers will give you some hints of what’s to come.

3 — Number of athletes on the list who have competed in the Olympics. That’s also the number of athletes on the list who are still competing.

2 — The total number of Olympic medals won by the 20 Greatest Athletes.

4 — Number of athletes who attended Riverhead High School, the most from any one school on the list. Four is also the number of former NFL players who cracked the list.

11 — The total number of high schools represented on the list, including two out-of-state private schools attended by local athletes.

23 — Total number of athletes on the list, the result of three ties.

7 — The number of female athletes who cracked the list.

14 — The number of sports represented on the list

5-1 — The height of Mount Sinai gymnast JoAnna Judge, the shortest athlete on our list.

283 — The NFL playing weight of Calverton native Scott Mersereau, the largest of the 20 greatest.

1911 — The year the oldest person on our list was born.

21 — The age of Ryan Creighton, the youngest person on our list.

6— The number of athletes on our list who won a national championship in college.

13 — The number of athletes who got involved in coaching after their playing careers ended.

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