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Meet Your West Michigan Olympians

Michigan will send 11 athletes to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.  Of those 11, two hail from West Michigan.  Tia Brooks of Grand Rapids will compete in the women’s shot put event.  And, Dathan Ritzenhein will compete in his 3rd Olympic Games by running in the 10,000m event.

Tia Brooks


Hometown: Grand Rapids
Highschool: East Kentwood Highschool
Age: 21
Event: Shot Put

Tia Brooks was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  She graduated from East Kentwood Highschool in 2008 then furthered her education at Oklahoma University.  Tia won several Big 12 titles while in school, and was the NCAA Outdoor Shot Put Champion in 2012.  This is Tia’s first Olympic games.

Tia will be competing in the shot put qualifications on August 6th at 6:45am EST.  If Tia qualifies, she will then compete in the shot put finals on August 6th at 4:15pm EST.

Dathan Ritzenhein

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Hometown: Rockford
Highschool: Rockford Highschool
Age: 29
Event: Track & Field – 10000m

Dathan Ritzenhein was born in Rockford, Michigan.  He attended Rockford Highschool and then later moved to Colorado to study at the University of Colorado.  Dathan placed 1st in the 2008 U.S. Cross Country Championships, but is yet to medal in the Olympics.  The 2012 London games will be his 3rd appearance in the Olympic Games.

Dathan will be competing in the 10,000m event on August 4th at 5:15pm EST.


Other Michigan Athletes


Name Age Sex Hometown Event
Betsey Armstrong 29 F Ann Arbor Water Polo
Geena Gall 25 F Grand Blanc Track & Field – 800m
Tom Peszek 27 M Farmington Hills Rowing – eight man
Allison Schmitt 22 F Canton Swimming – 400m free, 200m free, 400m free relay, 800m free relay
Claressa Shields 17 F Flint Boxing – welterweight
Daryl Szarenski 44 M Saginaw Shooting – 10m air pistol
Peter Vanderkaay 28 M Rochester Swimming – 400m free
Jordyn Wieber 17 F DeWitt Gymnastics – Artistic
Desiree Davilla 28 F Rochester Hills Track & Field – marathon


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