Know Your City! — December 1, 2020

Let’s celebrate some of the outstanding athletes who have hailed from Louisville.

Here are the questions:

  1. This swimmer competed in two Olympics and retired with 22 U.S. championships, 2 world championships and three Olympic gold medals.
  2. In 2017, this pro golfer won five PGA Tour events and the FedEx Cup championship.
  3. He won the 1956 Heisman while playing with Notre Dame, and went on to lead the NFL in scoring from 1959 to 1961. Who was he?

And here are the answers:

  1. Mary T. Meagher, who was nicknamed “Madame Butterfly,” graduated from Sacred Heart Academy. At the age of 14, she participated in the Long-Course Senior National Swimming Championship, shattering her own record in the 200-meter with a time of 2:08:41. She swam faster than nearly half of the men in the competition.
  2. Justin Thomas—Thomas graduated from St. Xavier High School and attended the University of Alabama. Today, at age 27, he has the most wins of any player of tour currently under 30 years-old.
  3. Paul Hornung—Hornung, who died last month, graduated from Flaget high school. He played pro ball with the Green Bay Packers. Hornung scored a record 176 points in the 12-game 1960 season on 15 touchdowns, 41 extra points and 15 field goals. He also passed for two touchdowns that year.

Thanks for playing!