The 2012 Olympics begin in London on Friday. Michigan will be sending 11 participants to join the 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!Name Sex Hometown Age Sport Position/Event Betsey Armstrong F Ann Arbor 29 Water Polo Goalkeeper Tia Brooks F Grand Rapids 21 Track & Field
Shot Put 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 Claressa Shields F Flint 17 Boxing Welterweight Daryl Szarenski M Saginaw 44 Shooting 10m Air Pistol Peter Vanderkaay M Rochester Hills 28 Swimming 400m free Jordyn Wieber F DeWitt 17 Gymnastics Artistic
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.