Sports aren't the first thing most people think of when it comes to Montana. In fact, Montana has never had a professional team belonging to any of the big-four sports.  The University of Montana and Montana State University are without a doubt the biggest teams in the state. However, that doesn't mean we haven't had plenty of athletes find professional success in their respective fields.

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From professional ball players, Olympians, rodeo performers, and even professional skateboarders, we have had a little bit of everything when it comes to athletes in our state.

So yes, this list will be a bit subjective. It's a bit of an author's choice when it comes to who we've put on this list. We'll probably leave off some athletes that you think should be mentioned, likewise, you may disagree with a few of our choices. We will try to have a nicely rounded list picking and choosing a few athletes from all corners of the sports world.

That's one of the fun things about sports; arguments and rankings.  Stop into any watering hole and give your take on a sports topic. Lines will be drawn. You'll soon find people that agree with you, and just as many that think you are way off-base.

Don't like our choices or feel that someone has been overlooked? The best part is you can also give your hot-take on our social media sites.  Let us know if we hit a home run with our picks, or if we struck out swinging.

Here's our list of the top 10 athletes from Montana

See our list of the top 10 athletes from the state of Montana.

LOOK: 50 images of winning moments from sports history

Sometimes images are the best way to honor the figures we've lost. When tragedy swiftly reminds us that sports are far from the most consequential thing in life, we can still look back on an athlete's winning moment that felt larger than life, remaining grateful for their sacrifice on the court and bringing joy to millions.

Read on to explore the full collection of 50 images Stacker compiled showcasing various iconic winning moments in sports history. Covering achievements from a multitude of sports, these images represent stunning personal achievements, team championships, and athletic perseverance.

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