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Boathouse District prepares for London Olympics


OKLAHOMA CITY — Hundreds of Oklahomans are expected to come to the free Olympic Opening Ceremonies watch part at the Devon Boathouse Friday night.

Festivities get underway at 6:30 p.m.

Familes are encouraged to attend this free event with free parking.

In Oklahoma, there will be lots of eyes on Team USA Basketball because three Thunder superstars are competing.

There are also a number of athletes with an Oklahoma connection competing in gymnastics and wrestling.

Olympic gold medal paddler Joe Jacobi is the CEO for USA Canoe Kayak.

“Who would have thought four years ago that Oklahoma City would have this kind of connection to the Olympics,” Olympian Joe Jacobi said, who won the gold 20 years ago.

Stephen Young and Justin Stangel both trained with the Olympians competing in London for Team USA Rowing.

“We have world champsionship medalists here. Hopefully soon we’ll have Olympic medalists coming out of Oklahoma City soon too.” said Team USA rower Justin Stangel.

Stangel and Young are training for the World Championships in Bulgaria right now.

“Knowing that there are eight athletes that came out of the Devon Boathouse training center that just started up two years ago is very impressive,” Young said.

Whitewater Canoe Kayak events start Sunday.

There are 10 athletes and coaches with a connection to the High Performance Center at the Devon Boathouse competing in London.

“The eight man boat is notoriously a powerhouse boat for the US. It’s going to be really exciting to see what they can do against the other top countries in the world, Germany and Great Britain,” Justin Stangel said.

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