The 2012 Olympics begin in London on Friday. Michigan will be sending 11 participants to join the 519 other members of Team USA to compete for gold and glory, according to the team roster provided by the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Michigan's youngest athlete is gymnast Jordyn Wieber, who just turned 17. The state's eldest athlete is Daryl Szarenski at age 44.
Here's a list of the Michigan Olympic athletes so you can cheer them on!
|Betsey Armstrong||F||Ann Arbor||29||Water Polo||Goalkeeper|
|Tia Brooks||F||Grand Rapids||21||Track & Field
|Desiree Davila||F||Rochester Hills||28||Track & Field||Marathon|
|Geena Gall||F||Grand Blanc||25||Track & Field||800m|
|Tom Peszek||M||Farmington Hills||27||Rowing||Men's Eight|
|Dathan Ritzenhein||M||Rockford||29||Track & Field||10,000m|
|Allison Schmitt||F||Canton||22||Swimming||400m free; 200m free; 400m free relay; 800m free relay|
|Daryl Szarenski||M||Saginaw||44||Shooting||10m Air Pistol|
|Peter Vanderkaay||M||Rochester Hills||28||Swimming||400m free|
The Opening Ceremony will be held on Friday at 9 p.m. in London, which is 4 p.m. EST. The Olympic Games will continue for about two weeks until the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 12 at 9 p.m. GMT/4 p.m. EST.