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Congrats to all the Michigan Olympians

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Tonight after someone mentioned all of the guys named Ryan (six of them total) on the USA Olympic hockey team it reminded me of when the team was announced and I was impressed that there were five guys on the roster that were born in Michigan.

So it inspired me tonight to do some research on all the Olympians with Michigan connections. There are a lot of them! It’s great to see so many from Michigan and who have came to Michigan to train, thanks in part to the United States Olympic Education Center in Marquette. We’re fortunate to see some of the best speedskaters come to Marquette to train, many others like Apolo Ohno and J.R. Celski have come through Marquette to train.

Congratulations to all the Michigan Olympians who participated at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and pretty cool to see so many with medals around their neck.

If you know of some others that aren’t on this list please leave a comment and I’ll add them.

Born in Michigan

Name Medal Home Sport Bio
Nick Baumgartner Iron River, MI Snowboard cross Yooper, attended school at NMU where he played football
Mickie Rzepka Novi, MI Bobsleigh Pole vaulted on Michigan State’s track and field team 2002-04
Ryan Miller East Lansing, MI Hockey Played hockey at Michigan State 1999-2002
Tim Thomas Davison, MI Hockey Played hockey at University of Vermont 1993-97
Tim Gleason Clawson, MI Hockey Played for the Ontario Hockey League starting at age 16
Brian Rafalski Dearborn, MI Hockey Played for University of Wisconsin hockey team where he was the WCHA defenseman of the year in 1995
Ryan Kesler Livonia, MI Hockey Played for Detroit Honeybaked in 1999 then played for the Under 18 U.S. National Team
Charlie White Bloomfield Hills, MI Figure skating Graduated from Roeper School and attends the University of Michigan
Meryl Davis West Bloomfield, MI Figure skating Graduated from Wylie Groves High School and attends the University of Michigan
Evan Bates Ann Arbor, MI Figure skating Graduated from Huron High School and attends the University of Michigan
Emily Samuelson Novi, MI Figure skating Graduated from Novi High School and attends the University of Michigan

Northern Michigan University Connections

Name Medal Home Sport Bio
Allison Baver Reading, PA Speedskating Attended NMU and United States Olympic Education Center in Marquette
Kimberly Derrick Blytheville, AR Speedskating Attended NMU and United States Olympic Education Center in Marquette
Katherine Reutter
Champagne, IL Speedskating Attended NMU and United States Olympic Education Center in Marquette
Ryan Bedford Yuma, AZ Speedskating Attended NMU and United States Olympic Education Center in Marquette
Shani Davis
Chicago, IL Speedskating Attended NMU and United States Olympic Education Center in Marquette
Travis Jayner USA Speedskating Attended United States Olympic Education Center in Marquette
Simon Cho VA, USA Speedskating Attended Marquette Senior High, NMU and United States Olympic Education Center in Marquette
Caitlin Compton NY, USA Cross country skiing Former All-American nordic skiier at NMU

Michigan Tech University connections

Name Medal Home Sport Bio
Jarkko Ruutu Vantaa, FIN Hockey Played hockey for Michigan Tech 1995-96

Michigan State University connections

Name Medal Home Sport Bio
Duncan Keith Winnipeg, CAN Hockey Played hockey at Michigan State 2001-03

University of Michigan connections

Name Medal Home Sport Bio
Jack Johnson Indianapolis, IN Hockey Played hockey at Michigan  2005-07


8 Wonderful Comments

  1. Good job in compiling this info Yooper Steez! Thanks for taking the time to acknowledge these great Olympic athletes!

  2. Mark Grimmette, luger from Muskegon: http://bit.ly/dmZcta

  3. Look at all those medals!!! Michigan does good with raising kids to be top sports competitors!!

  4. Kay Christman-Eichet
    Mar 1, 2010

    I was very proud of all the Michigan Olympians. Having broken my arm and being home from work I was happily able to watch everything day after day. One question burned in my brain: why are the Michigan Olympiads NOT wearing Yooper Steez shirts, at least at the parties????? God knows they had enough clothing changes

  5. Yooper Steez
    Admin
    Mar 1, 2010

    I’m working on it Kay! I agree they should be wearing some Yooper Steez shirts. Maybe I should conveniently break my arm for the next Winter Olympics.

    Hope you are healing fast, thanks for the comment.

  6. I just wanted to add Jilleanne Rookard from Woodhaven, MI. She may not have gotten a medal but was still an amazing sight to see!!

    Event: Speed Skating Long Track
    •2010 Olympic Winter Games
    – 4th place in Ladies Team Pursuit with a time of 3:05.30
    – 12th place in the Women’s 3000m with a time of 4:13.05
    – 24th place in the Women’s 1500m with a time of 2:01.95

  7. Jim Kramer
    Nov 3, 2011

    Weldon Olson, Marquette, All American hockey player at Michigan State U., late ’50’s. Played on Gold Medal winning U.S. hockey team in 1960.

  8. Weldy Olson
    Feb 1, 2012

    U.P. Athletes Participation in hockey in the Winter Olympics started with Taffy Abel from the Soo. He carried the U.S. flag for the U.S. contingent in that Olympics and won a Silver Medal. I was next with a Silver Medal in 1956 and Rod Paavola from Hancok and I were next on the 1960 U.S. team that won the first Gold Medal for the U.S. Since then there have been a number of players with Olympic participation.

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