From The Desk of MSU AD Mark Hollis

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MSU athletics director congratulates former Spartans Ryan Miller, Duncan Keith and Mickie Rzepka for their performances in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.

 

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These past two weeks during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, three former Spartans – Ryan Miller, Duncan Keith and Mickie Rzepka – represented their countries with the same pride and passion they displayed while wearing the Green and White during their collegiate careers in East Lansing.

 

In one of the most exciting hockey games in Olympic history, it was a pleasure to see two Spartans in the gold medal game as Ryan Miller of Team USA and Canada’s Duncan Keith went head-to-head for the gold. Miller was truly deserving of being named the Most Valuable Player of the hockey tournament as he was spectacular in net. He led a young, inexperienced American team to overtime in the gold medal game against a world superpower, and nearly propelled Team USA to gold. Although Canada claimed the gold, Miller made 36 saves in the final game and established himself as one of the top goalies in the world. Keith cemented his own legacy by assisting on Canada’s second goal in its 3-2 overtime win.

 

All of Mid-Michigan feels a special bond with Miller, an East Lansing native who grew up in the shadows of the MSU campus and since the conclusion of his collegiate career has become a fixture in the local business community.

 

Rzepka proved to embody the Olympic spirit by participating in a sport – bobsled – that she didn’t compete in until after winning the Big Ten championship as a pole vaulter her senior year at MSU. With her hard work and dedication, Rzepka showed that anything is possible, especially when the motivation is to don the Red, White and Blue for Team USA. Rzepka went on to finish in sixth place in the bobsled in a very competitive field.

 

These three former Spartans continued Michigan State’s legacy in the Olympic Games with incredible individual performances. Not only did they represent their countries in the utmost manner, they were ambassadors for Michigan State University on the world’s biggest athletic stage. As a proud member of Spartan Nation, I would like to congratulate Ryan Miller, Duncan Keith and Mickie Rzepka on their accomplishments during the Winter Olympics and hope they serve as inspiration to all Spartans who pursue excellence in their chosen field.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mark Hollis

Athletics Director

Michigan State University