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Vermont's Mt. Rushmore of Sports

2/2/2009

ESPN reviewed the submissions and discussions on your state/region's conversation page. The four figures on Vermont's Sports Rushmore are below:

Tom Brennan (Vermont Catamounts) -
The affable coach led Vermont's basketball team to an upset of Syracuse in 2005 NCAA Tournament.

Jake Burton (Burlington) -
The Burlington native developed the modern snowboard and is credited with the sport's rise to prominence.

John LeClair (St. Albans) -
All-ECAC at Vermont, LeClair became first U.S. born player to score 50 goals in three straight NHL seasons and won a Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in 1992-93.

Patty Sheehan (Middlebury) -
She's the winner of 35 LPGA events including six majors.

Other standouts (even more nominees in conversation)

Eddie Benton (Vermont Catamounts)
- Catamounts leading scorer (2,474 points), led team in scoring all four years; won the Frances Pomeroy Naismith award in 1996 (best player under six feet tall)

Taylor Coppenrath (West Barnet/Vermont Catamounts)
- 3-time America East Player of the Year (2003-2005), finalist for Wooden Award in 2005, second in NCAA in scoring (25.1) in 2004-05

Clarence DeMar (South Hero)
- Won Boston Marathon seven times between 1911 and '30

Albert Gutterson (Springfield)
- Won long jump at 1912 Olympics

Billy Kidd (Stowe)
- First American man to medal in Olympic alpine skiing (silver in slalom in 1964)

Bill Koch (Guilford)
- First American to win Olympic medal in Nordic skiing (silver in 30-km in 1976), won Nordic World Cup in '82

Andrea Mead Lawrence (Rutland)
- Won gold in slalom and giant slalom at 1952 Olympics, 1st American alpine skier to win two skiing golds at one Games

Martin St. Louis (Vermont Catamounts)
- Set Vermont record for assists (176) and points (267), led Catamounts to first Frozen Four (1996); won Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay Lightning in 2003-04

T.J. Sorrentine (Vermont Catamounts)
- 2002 America East Player of the Year, hit 30-foot 3-pointer to clinch win against Syracuse in 2005 NCAA Tournament