You might know who your Tiger is, but who's your Olympian? It's a tough call, but we're here to help you pick your favorite of the gaggle of Michigan athletes bringing their A-game to the summer Olympics.
The Mitten State will be well represented for the 2012 Summer Olympics, which begin Friday at 9 p.m. in London (4 p.m. in our time zone) and last through Aug. 12. The athletes, whether born here, grew up here or decided to call it home later in life, are contributing to Team USA's first-time gender gap favoring the female sex.. And 17-year-old Claressa "T-Rex" Shields of Flint will make history as she bring her powerful punch to the boxing ring, the first time women have competed in this sport at the Olympics.
These Michigan-born teammates, ages 17 to 44, will compete in everything from rowing to shot put, water polo to shooting -- that's right, shooting.
Will you be rooting for the Michigan Olympians after the games begin Friday? If you're not already fawning over gymnast Jordyn Weiber, swimmer Peter Vanderkaay or any of the other talented athletes, check out the gallery below to pick your Olympian. For all of The Huffington Post's 2012 London Olympics coverage, click here.
Sport: Track & Field Event: Marathon DOB: July 26, 1983 City: Rochester Hills (current) HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 14: Desiree Davila, who finished with a time of 2:25:55, holds an American flag after the U.S. Marathon Olympic Trials January 14, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
Sport: Boxing Event: Welterweight DOB: March 17, 1995 City: Flint (hometown, current) QINHUANGDAO, CHINA - MAY 14: Claressa Shields (Red) of the United States fights against Savannah Marshall (Blue) of England in the Women's 75kg preliminary match during the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships on May 14, 2012 in Qinhuangdao, China. The AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships 2012 which is a London Olympic Games Qualifying Event will be held from May 11 to 19. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)
Sport: Water Polo Position: Goalkeeper DOB: Jan. 31, 1983 City: Ann Arbor (hometown) WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Water polo player Betsey Armstrong poses for a portrait during the USOC Portrait Shoot at Smashbox West Hollywood on November 16, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images for USOC)
Sport: Gymnastics Event: Artistic DOB: July 12, 1995 City: DeWitt (hometown, current) SAN JOSE, CA - JULY 01: Jordyn Wieber competes on the beam during day 4 of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team Trials at HP Pavilion on July 1, 2012 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Sport: Track & Field Event: 4x100m Relay DOB: Sept. 11, 1983 City: Detroit (growing up) United States runner Lauryn Williams trains for the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 23, 2012, in Birmingham, England. The opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games are scheduled for Friday, July 27. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
Kara Lynn Joyce
Sport: Swimming Event: 59m Free DOB: Oct. 25, 2985 City: Ann Arbor (grew up) OMAHA, NE - JULY 2: Kara Lynn Joyce reacts after the 50m Freestyle during day eight of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials at the CenturyLink Center July 2, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska. Joyce's second place secured her spot on the U.S. Olympic swimming team. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
Sport: Track & Field Event: Shot Put DOB: Aug. 2, 1990 City: Grand Rapids (hometown) Oklahoma's Tia Brooks smiles after winning the women's shot put at the Drake Relays athletics meet on Friday, April 27, 2012, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Sport: Track & Field Event: 800m DOB: Jan. 18, 1987 City: Grand Blanc (hometown) EUGENE, OR - JUNE 25: Geena Gall reacts after coming in second in the women's 800 meter run final during Day Four of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 25, 2012 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Sport: Swimming Event: 200m Free, 4x100m Free Relay, 400m Free DOB: June 7, 1990 City: Canton (hometown) OMAHA, NE - JUNE 29: Allison Schmitt looks on after she competed in preliminary heat 14 of the Women's 100 m Freestyleduring Day Five of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials at CenturyLink Center on June 29, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Sport: Shooting Event: 10m Air Pistol, 50m Pistol DOB: March 14, 1968 City: Saginaw (hometown) BEIJING - AUGUST 12: Daryl Szarenski of the United States competes in the men's 50m pistol qualification held at the Beijing Shooting Range Hall during Day 4 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 12, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
Sport: Swimming Event: 400m Free DOB: Feb. 12, 1984 City: Rochester (hometown) LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Peter Vanderkaay receives the Perseverance award at the 2011 Golden Goggles at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on November 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for USA Swimming)
Tom Peszek (RIGHT)
Sport: Rowing Event: Men's Pair DOB: Jan. 4, 1985 City: Farmington Hills (hometown) WEST WINDSOR, NJ - JUNE 14: Silas Stafford and Tom Peszek celebrate the win of the Mens 2 Final during Day 2 of the 2012 Olympic Rowing Trials on June 14, 2012 at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Dathan Ritzenhein (FRONT)
Sport: Track & Field Event: 10,000m DOB: Dec. 30, 1982 City: Rockford (hometown) EUGENE, OR - JUNE 22: Dathan Ritzenhein competes in the men's 10,000 meter final during Day One of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 22, 2012 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Jeff Porter (RIGHT)
Sport: Track & Field Event: 110m Hurdles DOB: Nov. 27, 1985 City: Canton (current) KARLSRUHE, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 12: Jeff Porter (R) of USA competes in the Men's 60m Hurdles Finals during the International Indoor Track and Field Meeting at Europahalle on February 12, 2012 in Karlsruhe, Germany. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Sport: Wrestling Event: Men's Freestyle 84kg/185 lbs DOB: March 6, 1985 City: Ann Arbor (current) Former Northwestern University wrestler and Olympic hopeful Jake Herbert speaks during a news conference, Friday, April 20, 2012, in Iowa City, Iowa. The U.S. Olympic Team Trials are Saturday and Sunday in Iowa City. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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