BY JON BELL
The Beaver State isn’t the first to come to mind as a sports powerhouse. Sure, we’ve got some big players like Nike, Adidas, the Blazers, the Timbers, and the Ducks. But compared to heavy hitters like New York, Texas or California, Oregon is in a different league.
But that’s OK. Here, our roster is deep. We’ve got the professional side covered, the apparel piece, the fringe sports, the college football, the bikes — and the business that goes along with all of them. We’ve got innovators in everything from concussion research and climbing walls to the Sunday afternoon mud pit bike racing known as cyclocross.
In short, plenty of people in Oregon make the state a sports and recreation driver. Here’s a look at eight key figures on that list.