The Summer Olympics are off and running, and like many of us, I'm keeping a close eye on what happens with St. Louis area athletes like graduate Becky Sauerbrunn.
But the opening weekend has already provided lots of excitement for this editor from Rochester, NY.
- Jason Turner, who I graduated with from McQuaid Jesuit in 1993, made his second Olympic squad this year in the air pistol competition, but failed to qualify for the finals in London.
- The leader of Sauerbrunn's Team USA Soccer team is Abby Wambach, a Rochester native who went to my sisters' high school alma mater. Incidentally, Wambach will be in St. Louis in October for a Missouri Youth Soccer Association fundraiser.
- And then there is Ryan Lochte. Lochte is the swimming sensation who has already cruised to one Gold in these Games as he seemingly takes the torch from Michael Phelps, at least as the international media tells the story. Lochte was born and raised in Canandaigua, New York, not far from Rochester. Like Wambach, he also competed at the University of Florida.
While St. Louis has been close to my heart for the better part of 20 years now, you never forget about your roots.
What athletes are you looking forward to seeing in these Games? You can blog about what you're watching, you know!