The Summer Olympics are upon us, and two Rochester Hills athletes are expected to take to the international stage this week.
Swimmer Peter Vanderkaay and marathoner Desiree Davila are among the 11 Michigan athletes on Team USA at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Davila will walk in tonight's opening ceremonies. Vanderkaay, who competes tomorrow, reportedly will not.
The ceremonies will be broadcast on NBC beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Davila, who trains with the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project, based in Rochester Hills, is in London to compete in the women's marathon. It's planned for Aug. 5. Davila is battling an injury, though, that may keep her from competing. The Detroit Free Press reported Friday that Davila is planning a workout Saturday to see if she is able to compete.
Davila's birthday was Thursday; she turned 29.
On Thursday night she tweeted this from her @des_davila account: "Thanks for all the birthday wishes. Today was a good day."
Vanderkaay, 28, a 2002 graduate of Adams High School, is a three-time world champion Olympic Medalist (two gold, one bronze). This is his third consecutive trip to the summer Olympics.
Vanderkaay will compete in the 400-meter freestyle, one of the first events. The preliminary heats are at 5:47 a.m. (eastern time) Saturday; the finals will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
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