1 Dan O'Brien
The 1996 Olympic decathlon gold medalist grew up in Klamath
This is an article from the June 21, 2004 issue
2 Pre's Trail
The sawdust running path in Eugene was suggested by Steve
Prefontaine and then built in his memory after his 1975 death.
2 Autzen Stadium
The Ducks' 37-year-old football roost looks fancier these days
thanks to a $90 million renovation underwritten by a proud alum,
Nike boss Phil Knight. The upgrade, completed in 2002, added
12,000 seats (capacity is now 54,000), more concession stands and
3 Oregon State
The Corvallis school's alums include noted trash-talkers Gary
Payton of the Lakers and Chad Johnson of the Bengals.
3 Harold Reynolds
The two-time All-Star second baseman from Corvallis is now an
4 Tualatin Hills
The special park and recreation district serving Beaverton and
eastern Washington county is the state's SI Sportstown for having
the best community sports programs.
The Beaverton-based company, which took in $8,000 in revenue when
it was founded in 1962, brought in $10.7 billion last year.
6 Portland Winter Hawks
In the 1995-96 season the franchise set the Western Hockey League
record for attendance (315,763 for 36 games).
6 Peter Jacobsen
The Portland golfer has won seven PGA Tour events, most recently
the 2003 Greater Hartford Open.
6 Joey Harrington
The former Oregon quarterback from Portland was taken by the
Lions with the No. 3 pick in 2002.
6 Mel Renfro
The Cowboys' Hall of Fame defensive back was raised in Portland
and played at Oregon.
6 Damon Stoudamire
The Blazers point guard, who was the 1995-96 NBA Rookie of the
Year for the Raptors, grew up in Portland.
7 Hacky Sack
The little kickable beanbag was invented in 1972 by John
Stalberger and Mike Marshall of Oregon City.
7 Brad Smith
The Oregon City High girls' basketball coach has led the Pioneers
to 10 state and three mythical national titles.
8 Bill Johnson
The skier from Sandy was the 1984 Olympic downhill gold medalist.
9 Mount Hood
The 11,235-foot peak is the world's second-most-climbed mountain,
after Mount Fuji in Japan.
10 Pendleton Roundup
The rodeo dates from 1909 and is among the most prominent in the
11 A.J. Feeley
The Dolphins quarterback and former Duck is from Ontario.
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Cinderella journey to the 1995 Rose Bowl, see a classic SI photo
of Steve Prefontaine or vote for the best athlete born in the
Beaver State, go to si.com/50.