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Three local athletes competing in Olympics

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The 2016 Olympics are underway in Rio de Janeiro. (Source: CNN) The 2016 Olympics are underway in Rio de Janeiro. (Source: CNN)

Ten athletes who call Michigan home are competing in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, including three from right here in Mid-Michigan. 

Millions of television viewers from around the world are expected to watch the three-hour opening ceremony Friday night.

Gov. Rick Snyder congratulated the athletes.

“On behalf of all Michiganders, I congratulate all of our Olympians competing in this year’s summer games. This is an incredible achievement and opportunity to represent Michigan and the United States and they should all be proud of what they have accomplished so far. Sue and I join the athletes’ families and friends in wishing them the best of luck as they compete to bring home the Gold,” Snyder said. 

The participants will be competing for medals in boxing, basketball, cycling, indoor volleyball, rowing, sailing, swimming and track and field.

Michigan’s 2016 Summer Olympians are:


Claressa Shields, of Flint


Draymond Green, of Saginaw


Brent Bookwalter, of Grand Rapids                                                                                       

Indoor Volleyball

Alisha Glass, of Leland


Grace Latz, of Jackson

Grace Luczak, of Ann Arbor

Ellen Tomek, of Flushing


Bora Gulari, of Detroit


Allison Schmitt, of Canton

Track and Field

Andrew Evans, of Portage

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