Wyoming's Mt. Rushmore of Sports


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

Rulon Gardner (Afton) -
He won the Greco-Roman wrestling gold medal at 2000 Olympics over Alexander Karelin who had no losses in 13 years.

Jay Novacek (Wyoming Cowboys) -
This 1984 Kodak All-American set Wyoming records for decathlon points and the pole vault.

Kenny Sailors (Laramie, Wyoming Cowboys) -
The three time All-American was a member of Wyoming's 1943 National Championship team and is credited with inventing the jump shot.

Bobby Harris -
He won the Team Roping Average title at the National Finals Rodeo (Super Bowl of professional rodeo) in 1987, 1990 and 2002.

Other standouts (even more nominees in conversation)

Joe Alexander (Cora, Wyoming Cowboys) - 1st cowboy in WYO Ath. HOF, won 5 straight world bareback championships

Tom Browning (Casper) - 20 wins as rookie in '85, pitched perfect game in '88, won Game 3 of '90 World Series

Fennis Dembo (Wyoming Cowboys) - Led Cowboys to Sweet 16 in 1987, finished as school's leading scorer and rebounder

Boyd Dowler (Cheyenne) - 1959 NFL Rookie of the Year, won 2 Super Bowls with Green Bay Packers

Rulon Gardner (Afton) - Won Greco-Roman wrestling gold medal at 2000 Olympics over Alexander Karelin (no losses in 13 yrs)

Curt Gowdy (Cheyenne) - Lettered 3 times in basketball and tennis (1940-42), voice of Yankees and Red Sox

Jerry Hill (Lingle, Wyoming Cowboys) - All-Skyline Conference RB (1959, '60), played 8 seasons with Baltimore Colts

Jim Kiick (Wyoming Cowboys) - 1st player to earn 1st team all-WAC honors 3 times, WYO leading rusher 1965-67

Theo Ratliff (Wyoming Cowboys) - School's all-time leader in blocked shots, 18th pick in 1995 NBA Draft

Everett Shelton (Wyoming Cowboys) - Led Cowboys to 328 wins in 19 seasons, 1943 National Championship

Others deserving consideration: Lloyd Eaton (Wyoming Cowboys), John Godina (Cheyenne, silver medalist in shotput), Scott Usher (Wyoming Cowboys, swimming)