Minnesota sports, especially those on ice, bring all Minnesotans together. Whether they’re rooting for the Vikings, Wild, Gophers, or any other sports team, Minnesota pride is evident! Here are our top 10 most memorable sports highlights, and where you can relive the moment.
The Greatest Series Ever Played
In 1991, the world was experiencing new feats such as launching the first website on the worldwide web, but there were also monumental athletic feats that were causing Minneapolis residents to cheer. Minnesota Twins’s most monumental moment has to be Larkin’s single hit that won Game 7 and the 1991 World Series. Larkin sealed the deal in the bottom of the 10th inning with his walk-off single that helped the Twins nab their second World Series title.
The Minneapolis Miracle
When the clock is ticking and the pressure is on, its when athletes make it or break it. The Minnesota Vikings demonstrated their cool collectiveness during what is famously known as The Minneapolis Miracle. It’s 2017, Vikings versus the New Orleans Saints and it’s down to the wire. Down by one point and with seconds left in the game, the Vikings successfully throw a 61-yard pass to get them out in front of the Saints. This game resulted in the Vikings advancing to the NFC Championship.
Minnesota’s WNBA team crushes it on the court every year. Since 1997, the Minnesota Lynx have appeared in six championships and claimed four of them for Minnesota. The Lynx appeared in more championships than any other team. Furthermore, they are tied in holding the title for the most championship wins in the WNBA. The Lynx demonstrated impeccable skill on the court including this 1.60-second buzzer shot.
Talent on the court and sidelines
Lindsay Whalen is one of Minneapolis’ most iconic athlete: star player, head coach, and two-time gold medal Olympian. She began blazing the court during her collegiate career with the Minnesota Golden Gophers. One of Whalen’s most impressive moments was during the 2004 NCAA opener where she played for the first time since breaking two bones in her right hand. She played with absolute precision and scored 31 points in the game.
Triumphing over Colorado
All Minnesota Wild fans know that the Colorado Avalanches is our arch-nemesis. One of the best moments is when the Wild beat Colorado on their home rink during Game 7 in the 2014 series. Wild newbie Nino Niederreiter claimed victory with his perfect wrist-shot that ended the game.
Rooting for the underdog
The University of Minnesota men’s basketball team was certainly the underdog in the 2013 season against the Indiana Hoosiers. The Hoosiers were ranked the No. 1 seed and vying for the NCAA championship. That is until Minnesota beat the Hoosiers by four points. This is the first time a No. 1 team has been beaten by an unranked underdog in 24 years.
Soaring to new heights
Minnesota is considered a state that breeds winter sports athletes. Yet, there are numerous talented Minnesota gymnasts that have graced the international stage. One of the fiercest is Sunisa Lee. She’s 16-years-old and is making her first debut in the Olympics in 2021. We were wowed by her uneven bar routine at the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships.
When it comes to having a perfect season, the women’s Minnesota Gophers hockey team is a pristine example. The female gophers blazed the ice during their 2013 and claimed victory with an undefeated season. It was particularly sweet when Minnesota faced their rival Wisconsin Badgers. Winning this game sent the women’s hockey team to their fifth-consecutive national championship game.
Primed for success
Winter sports are definitely part of Minnesota’s arsenal. Many are surprised to learn that Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn was born and raised in Minnesota. Vonn has competed in four Olympics. She blazed the way for female skiers after winning gold in the 2010 Olympics held in Vancouver.
Winning back Floyd
All Minnesota sports fans know what you mean when you ask about Floyd. Who is Floyd? Floyd is the bronze pig-shaped trophy that Minnesota Gophers compete against the Iowa Hawkeyes for. This border battle gets all Minnesota fans up in arms. The last time Minnesota won Floyd was in 2014. Gophers blazed the field and dominated Iowa with an end score of 51-14. This 44-yard touchdown pass is perfection.
All these dazzling moments have Minnesota beaming about their home state, and we couldn’t be any prouder.
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