A local reason to follow the Olympics

Some sports fans find it difficult to generate interest in an event unless they have some sort of connection. For those having trouble sparking an interest in the 2012 Olympics, here’s a reason for you.
Megan Kalmoe of St. Croix Falls is a great reason to follow the Olympics.
Kalmoe earned her first Olympic medal on Wednesday as part of the United States women’s rowing quadruple sculls team. This was the first medal won by the U.S. rowing team in the 2012 London Games. Kalmoe attended the University of Washington, which gives her ample access to bodies of water needed to practice her sport. She never competed in rowing until after her first year of college.
Kalmoe is a media savvy athlete. She posts on twitter and she has her own website (www.megankalmoe.com) where she posts updates and observations from The Olympics. She even tells about an entertaining tale about her experience with the anti-doping enforcers at The Olympics. She seems like a very footloose young lady who takes all the hoopla in stride.
If anyone knows of any other local connections to Olympians, please let any of the sports editors at the Rivertowns Publications know (New Richmond, Hudson, River Falls or Ellsworth) and we’ll pursue the story.
Another local athlete who is bringing a world-wide experience to the area is Hudson native Davis Drewiske, a member of the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings.
Every player on the Stanley Cup championship team is scheduled to get the Stanley Cup for one day. They can do with it whatever they please. It usually involves events in their home town.
It now appears that Drewiske will have his day with the Stanley Cup in late August, most likely Aug. 27. Watch the Hudson Star Observer website (www.hudsonstarobserver.com) for further details as they are announced.