Watch Rochester Hills Olympians Davila, Vanderkaay in Olympics Starting Tonight

Here's the latest from London, where the games are set to begin.

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  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 , 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."

Meanwhile, her co-coach, Kevin Hanson, sent this tweet from his @Hansonsrun account. "Excited and anxious to watch @des_davila walk in Olympic Opening Ceremonies today. @brooksrunning #london2012"

Vanderkaay, 28, a 2002 graduate of , 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. 

For up-to-date coverage of our town's two Olympians, follow Rochester Patch on Facebook.

Sherry July 27, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Good Luck to both athletes- amazing for Rochester/Rochester Hills to be able to cheer for some local people!!
Barbara Nelson July 28, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Go, Pete! Good Luck to Desiree.


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