Congrats to all the Michigan Olympians
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
|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
|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
|Jarkko Ruutu||Vantaa, FIN||Hockey||Played hockey for Michigan Tech 1995-96|
Michigan State University connections
|Duncan Keith||Winnipeg, CAN||Hockey||Played hockey at Michigan State 2001-03|
University of Michigan connections
|Jack Johnson||Indianapolis, IN||Hockey||Played hockey at Michigan 2005-07|