CREATED Jul. 27, 2012
We have 14 athletes with Wisconsin ties competing in the Olympics. Almost all of them were at the opening ceremony tonight. Most for the first time.
“It's just been an emotional roller-coaster, in a good way,” Lauren Sesselman said.
It's an Olympic dream come true for the Green Bay Notre Dame alum. She kicks for Canada. Her father's native country.
"It's something that I've worked for my whole life. Something I've dreamed about since I was little. I always said 'This is what I want to do,' but I never knew if it was actually going to become a reality,” Sesselman said.
For small-town wrestler Ben Provisor from Stevens Point, it's hard to imagine walking with Team USA.
“I think once we hit opening ceremonies it will sink in, and I'll definitely be a little more nervous,” Provisor said.
Like provisor, former Badger steeplechase runner Evan Jager is soaking in his first ceremony experience.
Mequon native Beezie Madden is in search of a third gold medial in equestrian. While former Badger Matt Tegenkamp is back for his second olympics competing in the 10-thousand. Among his competition--Mo Ahmed, another former Badger running for Canada.
All not wanting to come home without the gold.