A look at how Wisconsin athletes fared in Beijing
With the 2008 Summer Olympics coming to an end, here's a look at how Olympians with local ties fared at the games.
Ben Askren (Hartland), Wrestling: Following the U.S. Olympic trials, Askren told reporters "I'm going to win a medal in Beijing." In his first-ever Olympic match, Askren pinned Hungary's István Veréb to advance to the round of eight in the 74kg freestyle class. Askren was reduced to tears after losing to Cuba's Ivan Fundora. In his post-match comments, he was singing a much different tune: "I just wasn't good enough. I suck."
Sally Barkow (Nashotah), Sailing: Barkow, along with teammates Carolyn Howe and Deborah Capozzi, finished seventh in the women's Yngling competition.
Andrew Bogut (Bucks), Basketball: A severly sprained ankle had Bucks fans holding their breath and Austrialian basketball fans down in the dumps.Bogut, in six games, averaged 12.7 points and 3.8 rebounds. He's expected to be fully recovered by the time the Bucks open camp next month.
Beau Hoopman (Sheboygan) / Micah Boyd, Rowing: The University of Wisconsin graduates earned the bronze medal in the Men's Eight, with a final time of 5 minutes, 25.34 seconds.
Megan Kalmoe (St. Croix Falls), Rowing: Kalmoe and partner Ellen Tomek placed fifth in all three legs of theWomen's Double Sculls, finishing with an overall time of 7:15.53.
Beezie Madden (Mequon), Equestrian: Madden returns to Milwaukee with a pair of medals for her collection. She took the bronze in the individual show jumping competition and was part of the American team that took the overall gold. Check out her Beijing diary for USA Today (teamusa.usatoday.com/bmadden)
Kate Markgraf (Whitefish Bay) / Lindsay Tarpley (Madison native), Soccer: Markgraf picked up her second gold and third Olympic medal as the U.S. beat Brazil, 1-0, in the finals. Tarpley scored a goal in the final group play match against New Zealand.
Chellsie Memmel (West Allis), Gymnastics: Competing with a broken ankle that kept her out of the individual competition, Memmel fell off the bars during team qualifications, but recovered to earn a 15.725 in the finals, helping the American's earn a silver medal.
Matt Tegenkamp (Madison), Track & Field: Tegenkamp finished first in his heat for the men's 5,000-meter run, but finished 13th in the final, 35 seconds behind gold medalist Bekele Kenenisa of Ethopia.
Amy Vermeulen (UW graduate), Soccer: Vermeulen's Canadian team finished 1-1-1 in group play and did not advance to the medal round.
Michael Redd (Bucks) / Dwyane Wade (former Marquette player), Baseketball: Redd scored 20 points in pool play and finished the tournament with 25 points as Team USA won gold for the first time in eight years. Wade was the Americans' leading scorer, averaging 16 points in eight games while shooting 67 percent (47 for 70) from the field.
Garrett Weber-Gale (Fox Point), Swimming: Weber-Gale is returning to Wisconsin with a pair of gold medals from the 4x100-meter freestyle and medley relays.
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