How Michigan's Olympians fared at Beijing's winter games

Nolan Bianchi
The Detroit News

Some left with silver, others left with a sour taste in their mouth. One brought gold, while some returned stateside carrying only the memories that accompany the experience of a lifetime.

It was a mixed bag for the local Olympians participating in the Winter Games in Beijing, with perhaps the most unlikely hero — 40-year-old snowboarder from Iron River in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula — who brought home the ultimate prize: A gold medal.