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Beijing 2008: Olympic Athletes from Minneapolis, St. Paul and Minnesota


Looking for Minnesotans competing in the 2012 Winter Olympic Games? Here's the 21 Minnesota Olympic athletes going to Vancouver for the 2012 Winter Olympics.

There are several athletes born in Minnesota, or who make their home in Minnesota, competing in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Here's a list of Minnesotan Olympic athletes to cheer for, including many from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Kara Goucher, Track & Field. Born in Queens, NY but her home town is Duluth. Kara makes her Olympic debut after an impressive performance in the Olympic trials. She'll be competing in the 5,000m and the 10,000m.

Shani Marks, Track and Field. Shani graduated from the University of Minnesota, and lives and trains in the Twin Cities. She's a two time indoor and outdoor US champion in the triple jump, so we hope she'll add another medal in Beijing.

Matt Schnobrich, Rowing. Matt was born and raised in St. Paul, and rowed with the Minneapolis Rowing Club before moving to Philadelphia. He will be rowing in the men's eight in Beijing.

Micah Boyd, Rowing. Another St. Paul native who trained with the Minneapolis Rowing Club, Micah will be rowing in the Men's Eight with Matt Schnobrich. He's the one who will be wearing a Minnesota Twins baseball cap.

Ali Bernard, Wrestling. Ali beat several veteran athletes to gain her place on the Olympic team. The New Ulm, MN native will be competing in the women's freestyle wrestling, 72kg/158.5 lbs.

Jake Deitchler, Wrestling. Our second Minnesotan wrestler just graduated from Anoka High School, here in the Twin Cities. At just 18 years old, he's only the third high school wrestler to compete on the Olympic team. He'll be competing in Greco-Roman wrestling, 66kg/145.5 lbs

Becky Holder, Equestrian Another Twin Cities resident to cheer for: Becky runs a farm in Hugo, and lives in Mendota Heights. She and her 12-year-old thoroughbred horse, Courageous Comet, will be eventing in Beijing.

Sada Jacobson, Fencing was born in Rochester, MN although she now lives in Georgia. An Olympic veteran, she competed in the 2004 games, and will be returning to Beijing to fence in the individual sabre and team sabre.

Megan Kalmoe, Rowing Born in Minneapolis, and raised just across the state line in St. Croix Falls, WI, Megan. She'll be rowing in the women's double sculls.

Chris Reitsma, Baseball While Chris will be playing for the Canadian baseball team, he was born in Minneapolis. He is a right handed pitcher.

the 2008 Beijing Olympics will be shown in NBC. Visit NBCOlympics.com for television listings.

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