JULY 27-AUGUST 12-As the Summer Olympics openned Friday, July 27
in London, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders singled out Lea Davison, Trevor
Moore and Andrew Wheating, three Vermonters representing the United
States in the world's most prestigious athletic competition.
Lea Davison won the first mountain bike race she ever entered
when she was 17 years old. A native of Jericho, Vt., Lea competed
in cross country and was a Division I alpine ski racer at
Middlebury College before becoming the youngest woman to join the
professional mountain biking tour. Lea has become one of the
dominant forces in professional women's mountain biking, but still
takes time to give back to the community, running a summer camp for
girls from Vermont who are interested in cycling.
Trevor Moore began sailing with his father and brother at a very
young age. When he moved to North Pomfret, Vt., as a teenager
his passion for competition led him to play for Woodstock Union
High's tennis and soccer teams. At Hobart College, Trevor was an
accomplished sailor and a three-time All American, in addition to
being named the 2007 College Sailor of the Year. He will be
competing with Erik Storck in the 49er category in London.
Andrew Wheating from Norwich, Vt., competed for the track team
in the 800-meter race at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Recruited by the University of Oregon, he was the NCAA champion in
the 800 meters in 2009 and 2010, and in the 1600 meters in
2010. Andrew is renowned for his ability to come from behind
in races, and will be competing in the 1600 meters in London.
"Vermont is proud of Lea, Trevor and Andrew, and we all wish
them the best of luck at the 2012 Olympic Games," Sanders said in
remarks entered in the Congressional Record.