NEWPORT BEACH, CA - JULY 07: A surfer rides down a massive wave on July 7, 2014 in Newport Beach, California. (Photo by Gabe LHeureux/ Getty Images)

Trivia: What's The State Sport of...?

California? Alaska? Colorado? Maryland? And more...

It's not easy to be named a state's "official" sport. To be so honored, a sport must be deeply engrained in the state’s history, have contributed to its cultural legacy, and, most important, has to receive the governor's blessing in politically charged times. With that in mind, can you name the official sports of these nine athletically-inclined states? (Keep scrolling to reveal the answers.)

Do you know the state sport of. . . MARYLAND? The Washington Post/The Washington Post/Getty Images Do you know the state sport of. . . MARYLAND?
SLUG:sm-joust4 DATE:August 30, 2008 CREDIT: Mark Gail/TWP Port Republic, Md. ASSIGNMENT#:203385 EDITED BY: mg Ten-year-old Vincent Reinhold aimed for a rings as he rode in the novice class at the 142nd Calvert County Jousting Tournament at Christ Church in Port Republic Saturday. (Photo by Mark Gail/The Washington Post/Getty Images)
SLUG: AA-FAIR. DATE: July, 8, 2006 CREDIT: Mark Gong / TWP. Annapolis, MD. Leon Enfield of Fredrick County, attempts to retrieve rings while on horseback at the jousting competition. County fair held at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church. (Photo by Mark Gong/The Washington Post/Getty Images)
The Washington Post/Washington Post/Getty Images JOUSTING Jousting tournaments have been held in Maryland, the country's seventh state, since colonial times and became increasingly popular after the Civil War as a way to raise money within local communities. In 1962, the medieval pastime was adopted as Maryland’s official sport. Today, the Maryland Jousting Tournament Association hosts multiple tournaments from March through October, with the annual National Jousting Championship marking the end of each season.

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California, Pacific Coast Highway Sign Near Big Sur. (Photo by Education Images/UIG via Getty Images) Education Images/UIG via Getty Images Do you know the state sport of. . . CALIFORNIA?
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA - AUGUST 06: Ricardo Christie in action during his quarterfinal heat at the Vans US Open of Surfing on August 6, 2017 in Huntington Beach, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
NEWPORT BEACH, CA - JULY 07: A surfer rides down a massive wave on July 7, 2014 in Newport Beach, California. (Photo by Gabe LHeureux/ Getty Images)
Joe Scarnici/Gabe LHeureux/Getty Images SURFING Boasting some of the world’s best surf spots (like Lower Trestles and Maverick's, to name a few) along its 1,100 miles of coastline, it’s no wonder the Golden State finally decided to make surfing its official sport on August 20, 2018. From the golden days of "Gidget" and The Beach Boys in the 1960s to the booming retail and tourism industry it is today, surf culture has long been synonymous with California, and vice versa. Welcome to North Carolina wellesenterprises Do you know the state sport of. . . NORTH CAROLINA?
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - MAY 19: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John's Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 19, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 06: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target/Belkin QP Chevrolet, drives during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 6, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Sean Gardner/Streeter Lecka/Getty Images STOCK CAR RACING Home to some of the best known NASCAR teams in the country — like Team Penske and Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s JR Motorsports — it was only a matter of time before stock car racing became North Carolina’s designated pastime. The state made it official in 2011. The Alaska Range with Mount McKinley and Wonder Lake with Tundra swans (Cygnus columbianus) in the fall, Denali National Park, Alaska, USA. (Photo by: Arterra/UIG via Getty Images) Arterra/UIG via Getty Images Do you know the state sport of. . . ALASKA?
DOG MUSHING
Iditarod musher Peter Kaiser, from Bethel, Alaska, races to the Nome finish line of the 2011 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday, March 16, 2011. (Bob Hallinen/Anchorage Daily News/MCT via Getty Images)
Andreas Gebhard/Flickr Vision/Anchorage Daily News/MCT via Getty Images DOG MUSHING For centuries, Alaskans have used dogs to pull sleds across the frozen miles (and sled racing itself as a way to hone their skills), but it wasn't until in 1972 that dog mushing was named the state's official sport. One year later, competitors and their pups raced 1,000 miles from Anchorage to Nome in the first annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, known today throughout the world as the “Last Great Race on Earth.” SAN ANTONIO - MARCH 5: Visitors walk around outside of the Alamo the night before the 168th Anniversary of the 1836 Fall of the Alamo March 5, 2004 in San Antonio, Texas. The events begin at dawn the following day to commemorate the final day of the Alamo conflict. (Photo by Jill Torrance/Getty Images) Jill Torrance/Getty Images Do you know the state sport of. . . TEXAS?
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 25: Rodeo: Mesquite Championship Rodeo, Miscellaneous bull riding action at Resistol Arena, Mesquite, TX 8/25/2001 (Photo by Darren Carroll/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) (SetNumber: X63724 TK2 R4 F10)
Rodeo: Portrait of SportsKid of the Month Joel Braden. San Angelo, TX 1/18/2010 CREDIT: Darren Carroll (Photo by Darren Carroll /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) (Set Number: X83442 TK1 R1 F210 )
Darren Carroll/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images RODEO Though also the state sport of South Dakota and Wyoming, Texans can claim that theirs was the first state to make it official, which they did in 1997. WHITE RIVER NATIONAL FOREST, CO - JUNE 10, 2017: The Maroon Bells near Aspen, Colorado, are two peaks in the Elk Mountains - Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak. They are located in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness of White River National Forest. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images) Robert Alexander/Getty Images Do you know the state sport of. . . COLORADO?
Bob Sweeney of Leadville, Colorado, pulls his burro Yukon during the 70th Annual Burro Days Race in Fairplay, Colorado, on July 29, 2018. - Racers equip their burro with a pack saddle weighing a minimum of 33 pounds that must include a pick, shovel, and gold pan. The race features a 15 mile short course and a 28-30 mile long course. The long course passes over Mosquito Pass at an elevation of 13,188 feet (4,019m). 89 racers competed in the 70th Annual Burro Days Pack Burro Race, the first stage of the Triple Crown in the World Championship Pack Burro Races. (Photo by Jason Connolly / AFP) (Photo credit should read JASON CONNOLLY/AFP/Getty Images)
FAIRPLAY, CO - JULY 29: Racers begin the 70th annual World Championship Pack Burro Race on July 29, 2018, in Fairplay, Colorado. Each runner must lead his donkey with a 15 foot lead and the donkey must carry 33 pounds in its pack. The runner is allowed to push, pull, drag or carry the burro but is not allowed to ride it. A team is made up of a man or woman and a burro. The winning team must cross the finish line together. The race was made up of two races. The first is a 15 miles race and the second is 29 miles that goes up to the top of Mosquito Pass which tops out at an elevation of 13,185 ft. This race is the first is a Triple Crown burro race in Colorado.The second leg runs in Leadville, August 5th and the third leg is in Buena Vista, August 13. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
JASON CONNOLLY/AFP/Helen H. Richardson/Denver Post via Getty Images PACK BURRO RACING Named Colorado’s official summer heritage sport in 2012, pack burro racing can trace its roots back to the Rocky Mountain area's mining days when miners had to lead their supply-toting burros along trails, instead of riding them. Today, Coloradans commemorate these men by walking (sometimes pulling) their burros in races held throughout the summer. MINNEAPOLIS - MAY 22: Minneapolis skyline as photographed from the Third Avenue Bridge on May 22, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images) Raymond Boyd/Getty Images Do you know the state sport of. . . MINNESOTA?
ST PAUL, MN - APRIL 20: Antti Niemi #31 of the Dallas Stars makes a save in net against the Minnesota Wild during the second period of Game Four of the Western Conference First Round during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 20, 2016 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. The Stars defeated the Wild 3-2. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 20: Goaltender Jimmy Waite #29 of the Chicago Blackhawks Alumni makes a save on a shot by Mike Modano #9 of the Minnesota North Stars Alumni during the 2016 Coors Light Stadium Series Alumni Game between the Chicago Blackhawks Alumni and the Minnesota North Stars/Wild Alumni at TCF Bank Stadium on February 20, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)
Hannah Foslien/Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images ICE HOCKEY The official sport of Minnesota since 2009, a Star Tribune reporter once pointed out that you could create an entire star-powered NHL team with just Minnesotans. waikiki beach M Swiet Productions Do you know the state sport of. . . HAWAII?
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 26: Canoeing: Molokai to Oahu Outrigger Race, Miscellaneous team action, HI 9/26/1992 (Photo by Warren Bolster/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) (SetNumber: X43443)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 10: Evoking the original community spirit of surf-riding, paddlers work together to catch a wave during a competition. Oahu Island, Hawaii. (Photo by Cristina Mittermeier/National Geographic/Getty Images)
Warren Bolster/Sports Illustrated/Cristina Mittermeier/National Geographic/Getty Images OUTRIGGER CANOE PADDLING Outrigger canoe paddling was an essential part of life for Ancient Hawaiians who used the multi-man powered boats for transportation and fishing. Today, it’s recognized as Hawaii’s official team sport (surfing is the official individual sport), with a number of clubs across its main islands and hundreds of competitions taking place throughout the year. UNITED STATES - APRIL 23: Trees with autumn foliage, White Mountains, New Hampshire, United States of America. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images) DEA / G. SIOEN/De Agostini/Getty Images Do you know the state sport of. . . NEW HAMPSHIRE?
PINKHAM'S GRANT, NH - MARCH 25: Russell Merchant of New York skis down through The Chute as two people make their way up the route in Tuckerman Ravine on Saturday, March 26, 2016. (Photo by Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
A female skier in New Hampshire.
Portland Press Herald/Press Herald via Getty Images/Jared Alden SKIING Skiing has been New Hampshire’s official sport for the last 20 years. A place of champions, 23 Winter Olympians who competed in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Games were either from or went to college in the Granite State, like gold medalists Mikaela Shiffrin and Tommy Ford.



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