If only the Milwaukee Bucks could get something going in the NBA, the state of Wisconsin would be pretty much dominant in sports we have major players in. From the Packers and Badgers recent successes in football (pro and college) to the Brewers’ run last season we have had some pretty good results in sports teams, even the Milwaukee Wave won their championship the last two years. Now, with the 2012 Summer Olympics starting this weekend, we get to watch more of our athletes on the top tier of their fields and cheer them on to try to win their event.
OnMilwaukee just did a piece highlighting our representation, but here are the seven men with ties to Wisconsin participating in events.
- Matt Tegenkamp (University of Wisconsin) will represent the United States in the 10,000-meter run.
- Evan Jager (Wisconsin) will represent the United States in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
- Grant and Ross James (Wisconsin), twin brothers, will represent the U.S. in the men’s eight.
- Michael McPhail (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh), a Darlington native, will represent the U.S. in the 50-meter men’s prone rifle.
- Ben Provisor (Stevens Point) will represent the U.S. at 163 pounds in Greco-Roman.
- Mohammed Ahmed is representing Canada in the 10,000-meter run but he also has ties to Wisconsin, since he is a three-time All-American for the defending NCAA cross country champion University of Wisconsin Badgers
If you weren’t that interested in the Olympics, maybe these ties to home will get you to root for America and Wisconsin athletes in their events,