Photos: Ten best athletes to be born in Colorado
Number 2: Amy Van Dyken
|Amy Van Dyken.|
Number 1: Jack Dempsey
The Manassa Mauler (named for the small Colorado town where he was born in 1895) held the heavyweight championship belt for a staggering seven years, from 1919 to 1926. During this period, boxing was arguably the most popular sport in America, making him not just famous but iconic -- and his renown lasted for the rest of his life. He ran a New York City restaurant he named for himself from 1935 to 1974, and he was a regular feature there for most of that stretch, with celebrities who never saw him throw a punch thrilled simply to be in his presence. Decades after his death in 1983, he still tops this list -- and he's likely to do so for many years to come.