A worker is dwarfed by the Olympics Rings on a barge Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in the Odaiba district of Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A worker is dwarfed by the Olympics Rings on a barge Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in the Odaiba district of Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

There are plenty of local Wisconsin faces to watch for as they compete for gold in Tokyo.

A number of Wisconsin athletes are representing the Badger State at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, with competitors from Waterford to St. Croix Falls. We looked through TeamUSA.org to let you know about all the local faces you’ll see as you watch the games this year.

These talented people will make Wisconsin proud, no matter how they place!

Kenny Bednarek, 200-Meter Race and 4×100-Meter Relay

22-year-old Kenny Bednarek from Rice Lake is the first American athlete to run 200 meters in under 20 seconds and run 400 meters in under 45 seconds on the same day. He will be running the 200-meter race and the 4×100-meter relay for Team USA. In high school, he won seven individual state titles and a 4×400 relay with his teammates. 

Maddy Bernau, Shooting

Maddy Bernau was born in Racine and grew up in Waterford. She started clay target shooting with her local 4-H club when she was 12 years old. 11 years later, she’s taking her shooting skills to Tokyo. She graduated last year from Martin Methodist College in Tennessee. 

LINZ, AUSTRIA – AUGUST 28: Tracy Eisser and Megan Kalmoe of The United States of America celebrate after the Women’s Pair race during Day Four of the 2019 World Rowing Championships on August 28, 2019 in Linz-Ottensheim, Austria. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Megan Kalmoe, Rowing

Three-time Olympian and 2012 bronze medalist Megan Kalmoe is rowing for Team USA. She is 37 years old, originally born in Minnesota but raised in St. Croix Falls. She was the team captain for her cross country and basketball teams in high school. In 2008, she reached the final of the double sculls competition at Beijing. This year, she will be participating in the quadruple sculls event. 

BIRMINGHAM, AL – MARCH 08: Alicia Monson of Wisconsin crosses the finish line to win the women’s 5000 meter race during the Division I Mens and Womens Indoor Track & Field Championship held at the Birmingham CrossPlex on March 8, 2019 in Birmingham, Alabama. Manson won the race with a time of 15:31.26. (Photo by Steve Nowland/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

Alicia Monson, 10,000-Meter Race

2020 UW-Madison graduate Alicia Monson will be running the 10,000-meter race at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. She was born and raised in Amery. After graduating from UW-Madison, she moved to Boulder, Colorado to run for On Athletics Club. At the Olympic Trials in Oregon, where she placed in third, she ended up in the hospital with heat exhaustion and hypothermia after her race. 

Stephanie Roble, Sailing

Stephanie Roble was born in Miami but grew up in East Troy sailing scows and dinghies on Lake Beulah since she was 5. She graduated from Old Dominion University in Virginia in 2011. In Tokyo, she will compete in the 49erFX sailing event as a skipper. 

Alie Rusher, Rowing

25-year-old Stanford alum Alie Rusher is from West Bend. She will be rowing quadruple sculls in Tokyo. Both of her parents rowed in the Olympics; her mom, Cindy, won a silver medal in 1992, and her dad, John, won bronze medals in 1988 and 1992. 

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 04: Molly Seidel of The United States of America competes in the Elite Women’s Field during the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon around St. James’s Park on October 04, 2020 in London, England. The 40th Race will take place on a closed-loop circuit around St. James’s Park in central London. (Photo by John Sibley – Pool/Getty Images)

Molly Seidel, Marathon

Molly Seidel from Hartland is a long-distance runner, and she will be competing in the marathon for the Tokyo Olympic Games. In high school, she won the titles for the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter race at the WIAA state meets all four years that she competed. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2016. 

EUGENE, OREGON – JUNE 26: Emily Sisson competes in the Women’s 10,000 Meters Final on day nine of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 26, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Emily Sisson, 10,000-Meter Race

Milwaukee-born Emily Sisson is following in her dad’s footsteps with her competitive running skills. Mark Sisson ran and competed in cross country and track all four years during his time at UW-Madison. Emily missed the mark to qualify for a spot on the US Olympic marathon team, but she placed first in the 10,000-meter race at the Olympic Trials in June to compete in Tokyo. 

LINZ, AUSTRIA – AUGUST 25: Molly Bruggeman, Caryn Davies, Madeleine Wanamaker and Victoria Opitz of The United States of America in action during the Women’s Four heat during Day One of the 2019 World Rowing Championships on August 25, 2019 in Linz-Ottensheim, Austria. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Maddie Wanamaker, Rowing

Born and raised in Neenah, Maddie Wanamaker is 27 years old and ready to row at the Olympics. She ran cross country and qualified for state in soccer twice during high school. She graduated from UW-Madison in 2017, which is where she started her rowing career. Her parents both rowed for UW-Madison as well.