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Sochi Winter OlympicsOur favorite international organization to talk about on our blog is, of course, Lions Clubs International, but today we’d like to discuss another group: the Olympics. Tomorrow (but today in Russia) marks the beginning of the 2014 Winter Olympics. From February 7 to February 23, athletes from all over the world will be competing for the gold medal.

We are very happy to see that our home state is well-represented. There are 15 athletes from Wisconsin competing in the games; one competitor is even from right here in Central Wisconsin. See the list of athletes and their events from Channel 3000 in Madison:

Craig Brown, 38, of Madison
Erika Brown, 41, of Madison
Debbie McCormick, 39, of Madison

Men’s Ice Hockey
Phil Kessel, 26, of Madison
Joe Pavelski, 28, of Plover
Ryan Suter, 29, of Madison

Matt Antoine, 28, of Prairie du Chien

Speedskating – Long Track
Tucker Fredericks, 29, of Janesville
Maria Lamb, 28, of River Falls
Sugar Todd, 23, of Milwaukee
Mitch Whitmore, 24, of Waukesha

Speedskating – Short Track
Alyson Dudek, 23, of Hales Corners

Women’s Ice Hockey
Brianna Decker, 22, of Dousman
Amanda Kessel, 22, of Madison
Jessie Vetter, 28, of Cottage Grove

We wish all the US athletes the very best of luck! Which event are you most looking forward to watching?