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Reasons We Love O.C.

We counted the ways and came up with 43 things to love about our home turf, including skimboarding dogs, unreality TV, mouthy politicians, casual Mondays, and more! Here are seven of the reasons.

Because Our Homegrown Jocks Rock
Tiger Woods
The Cypress golf prodigy, with 71 PGA tour wins and 14 majors, is chasing Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major titles.

Misty May-Treanor
A volleyball champion since her days at Newport Harbor High, May-Treanor has titles galore and two Olympic gold medals.

C.J. Wilson
The former Fountain Valley High star leaves Texas for the Angels and a shot at a third straight World Series. 

Sasha Cohen
A fixture on medal stands, the diminutive figure skater from Newport Beach won Olympic silver in 2006.

Janet Evans
Fullerton’s distance swimming specialist won three Olympic golds in 1988 and one in 1992. Can she repeat at age 40? 

Lindsay Davenport
The hard-hitting Laguna Beach tennis star won four majors and ranked No. 1 for 98 weeks during a seven-year hot streak. 

Greg Louganis
The UC Irvine grad’s back-to-back Olympic gold diving hauls in 1984 and ’88 remain unexceeded.

And don’t forget Mark Sanchez, USC and Jets quarterback (Mission Viejo). Walter Johnson, 417 MLB pitching victories (Olinda). Aaron Peirsol, Olympic swimmer (Irvine). Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons tight end (Huntington Beach). Gary Carter, Hall of Fame catcher (Fullerton). Julie Foudy, Olympic and World Cup soccer (Mission Viejo). George Yardley, basketball Hall of Fame (Newport Beach). Matt Leinert, USC and Houston Texans quarterback (Santa Ana). Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders quarterback (Laguna Niguel). Amanda Beard, Olympic swimmer (Irvine). Shawn Green, Dodgers and N.Y. Mets slugger (Tustin).—Paul Loop

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This article originally appeared in the February 2012 issue of Orange Coast magazine. 

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