We already have a kickass flag and world-class athletes. That’s pretty much all you need to be an Olympic contender, right?
As everyone has been pointing out, if Maryland was its own country, it would rank quite high in the Olympic standings in terms of gold medals, ahead of countries like France. (Our medal count becomes much more in- or deflated, depending on whether you want to count the medals earned by individuals competing in relays, since Maryland swimmers have done quite well in those.)
The Washington Post has proposed an alternative to secession: A union with Virginia, just to round out our swimming strength with a little gymnastics power (via Gabby Douglas).
Now, as soon as we get our state song in shape, we’ll be ready for the international stage. As long as Michael Phelps never retires, that is…