Nevada Sports Net's G.O.A.T bracket challenge will unveil the greatest sports figure in Northern Nevada's history piece by piece over the next several weeks. Here is a description of the entire project, which is an NCAA Tournament-style bracket of the 64 greatest athletes and coaches from Northern Nevada. Readers will get to vote on one matchup every day with a 24-hour voting period until we crown a champion. You can vote on today's matchup on the Twitter poll linked at the bottom of this article.
Round of 32 matchup: No. 1 Greg LeMond vs. No. 8 Kirk Snyder
Greg LeMond's bio: Born in Lakewood, Calif, LeMond grew up in Washoe Valley and attended Wooster High School before becoming the only American to win the Tour de France (Lance Armstrong and Floyd Landis had their titles stripped due to doping). LeMond is considered the greatest “clean” U.S. cyclist ever. He won the Tour de France in 1986, 1989 and 1990, which ties him for the sixth most in the race's history. ... He was the first non-European professional cyclist to win the Tour de France. ... His eight-second win in 1989 race remains the closest in event history. ... He won the Road Race World Championship twice (1983 and 1989), becoming the first American male cyclist to win the event. ... He was the youngest cyclist to make Team USA's Olympics squad, doing so at age 18 in 1980, but he didn't get to compete in the Games due to a U.S. boycott. ... LeMond was named Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year in 1989, one of only two locals to earn that achievement. ... He was inducted into the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame in 1996 and also is in the Wooster High Hall of Fame.
Kirk Snyder's bio: Born in Los Angeles, Snyder grew up in Upland, Calif., before being recruited to play for Nevada by Trent Johnson. ... Snyder wasn't academically cleared until halfway through his freshman season when he scored 13.7 points and 4.6 rebounds. ... Snyder upped those totals to 16.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists as a sophomore, winning All-WAC honors. ... His breakout campaign came during his junior season in 2003-04 when Snyder was the WAC player of the year after averaging 18.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists while leading Nevada to its first NCAA Tournament since 1985 and first Sweet 16 berth in school history after wins over Michigan State and Gonzaga. ... Snyder averaged 19.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in the tournament run. ... Snyder turned pro after his junior season and was the No. 16 pick of the 2004 draft by the Utah Jazz, which remains tied for the highest in program history. ... Snyder became the fourth Wolf Pack alum to play in an NBA game and logged four seasons with four teams. ... Snyder played in 211 games (71 starts) and averaged 6.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists while shooting 43.8 percent from the field. ... Snyder averaged 7.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists on 50.8 percent shooting during his final season in the league before signing with a team in China following the 2007-08 season. ... In March 2009, Snyder was arrested for breaking into his neighbor's house and assaulting a man. He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity but was convicted and sentenced to three years in jail, derailing his basketball career. ... Snyder was released after less than 10 months in jail and later played three games for the Halifax Rainmen in Nova Scotia and for a month with BC Nizhny Novgorod in Russia before retiring. ... Despite his off-the-court issues, Snyder remains one of the best basketball players in Wolf Pack history.
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