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Jake's Journal: Wisconsin Olympians

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Jake's Journal: Wisconsin Olympians

By Mike Jacobs

Paul and Morgan Hamm of Waukesha both had to pull out of the Olympics because of injuries, but there are still more than 20 athletes who have called Wisconsin home. We still have a local gymnast to pull for. West Allis native Chellsie Memmel was an alternate in 2004, but has overcome injuries to make the 2008 squad. "There's always times you want to say, 'Is it worth it?'" Memmel says. "It is, it really is." The men's basketball team will try to return to gold medal status behind Bucks guard Michael Redd and former Marquette star Dwyane Wade. On the track, Madison's Matt Tegenkamp has run the fastest mile in Wisconsin history. He will run the 5,000 meter race in Beijing Fox Point's Garrett Weber-Gale was a star at the U.S. Swimming Trials. He thinks that's just the beginning. "I feel like my confidence is really high and I'm mentally strong right now," Weber-Gale says. Wisconsin rowers Micah Boyd and Beau Hoompan will compete in the men's eight. While Nashotah's Sally Barkow is the United States' only sailing entry. Madison's Lindsay Tarpley and Kate Markgrad of Whitefish Bay will attempt to help the women's soccer team rebound from a loss in their opening match. The Equestrian events also feature a couple of former area residents. Laura Kraut and Beezie Madden look for gold in show jumping. And in wrestling, Hartland Arrowhead's Ben Askren is not shy about his prospects. "I'm going to win gold in Beijing," Askren says. The Brewers top draft pick Brett Lawrie plays for the Canadian Olympic team. And the Bucks' Andrew Bogut is on the Australian basketball team.
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