Farmers Can Win Olympic Medals, Too

A pig farmer from Ohio takes home a Bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

Olympic sports and farming¬†don’t usually come together very often. (If you’re like me, you¬†haven’t even had time to watch the summer Olympic games because of all the work that needs to be done outside.) But when it really comes down to it,¬†Olympic athletes and farmers have quite a few things in¬†common: They work hard, they’re determined and they take great pride in their achievements.

Perhaps that’s why last night, a 21-year-old pig farmer from New Paris, Ohio, took home the Bronze in the 800-meter track-and-field event.¬†Clayton Murphy ran the race in 1 minute 42.93 seconds, making him the third-fastest in American history, according to an article on Yahoo! Sports.

But besides being a good runner, he’s a damn good farmer, too. Murphy grew up on a 37-acre farm about an hour outside of Cincinnati¬†and raised blue ribbon-winning pigs for shows at local fairs.

‚ÄúClayton loved to show the pigs,‚ÄĚ his father, Mark Murphy¬†said in an interview with¬†Runner’s World.¬†“And I can tell you, he is just as good a pig salesman as he is a runner.‚ÄĚ

Fortunately, the farm will be there for Murphy to come home to, but for now, he’s in Rio representing America in Olympic glory.

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