Sen. Baldwin cheers on Wisconsin athletes in Sochi

Wisconsin Gazette reports

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat from Wisconsin, is celebrating the Wisconsin-linked athletes gathering in Sochi, Russia, to compete in the Winter Olympics.

“Throughout the course of the games, we celebrate the power of the human spirit embodied in the commitment, determination, strength, teamwork and sportsmanship of all of these athletes,” Baldwin stated in a news release. “We are so proud to cheer on Team USA as the games begin — especially those athletes who have roots at home here in Wisconsin. This year, 15 athletes and two members of the U.S. Official Delegation have a connection to our home state.

A list of athletes with ties to Wisconsin, as well as their Twitter accounts:

Matt Antoine (@MattAntoine) of Prairie du Chien competing in Skeleton.

Craig Brown of Madison competing in Curling.

Erika Brown  (@ebrowncurls) of Madison competing in Curling.

Debbie McCormick (@Deb_McCormick) Madison competing in Curling.

Brianna Decker of Dousman competing in Ice Hockey.

Amanda Kessel of Madison competing in Ice Hockey.

Phil Kessel of Madison competing in Ice Hockey.

Joe Pavelski of Plover competing in Ice Hockey.

Ryan Suter (@rsuter20) of Madison competing in Ice Hockey.

Jessie Vetter (@Vetter31) of Cottage Grove competing in Ice Hockey.

Alyson Dudek (@alydudek) of Hales Corners competing in Speedskating – Short Track.

Tucker Fredericks (@tuckerfredricks) of Janesville competing in Speedskating – Long Track.

Maria Lamb of Madison competing in Speedskating – Long Track.

Sugar Todd (@sugarmotion) of Milwaukee competing in Speedskating – Long Track.

Mitch Whitmore (@WhitmoreUSA) of Waukesha competing in Speedskating – Long Track.

Also, Bonnie Blair and Eric Heiden are both from Wisconsin and will be part of the Official US delegation to Sochi.