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Thursday, December 10, 2009

MSU's Andersson Selected for Vancouver Olympics

MSU defensman Emilia Andersson has been named to the 2010 Swedish Olympic women's hockey team. The Free Press also has details regarding Andersson's accomplishment. Andersson (along with, potentially Emmi Leionen and Nina Tikkanen, who are candidates for the Finnish women's hockey team and David Backes, who is in line to be named to the USA men's hockey national team) will become the first student-athlete from MSU to appear in the Olympics.

A couple of former MSU student-athletes who came extremely close to making past U.S. Olympic teams include trackster Lee Loewen and women's hockey netminder Shari Vogt. Loewen, a 1981 MSU Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, finished fourth in the 110m hurdles at the 1956 U.S. Olympic trials behind eventual gold medalist Lee Calhoun, silver medalist Rafer Johnson and bronze medalist Milt Campbell. Vogt, an All-America for the Mavericks who currently serves as an assistant coach for MSU's women's team, was a candidate for the U.S. Olympic team in 2006.

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