Wednesday, September 27, 2000

Chris Ahrens, who rows the stroke position for the U.S. crew team, lived in Iowa City as a child. With Chris on board, the U.S. has won three straight world titles for the first time ever.

Terry brands is a wrestler who was an All-American at the University of Iowa from 1990-92. Terry won the gold medal at the world championships in 1993 and 1995 as well as World Cup titles in 1994 and 1995. At the University of Iowa, he was a three-time All-American and Big Ten Champion and a two-time national champion.

Kip Janvrin, a decathlete, is a native of Panora. Kip was a three-time NCAA Division III champion at Simpson College and he is the first Iowan in 20 years to make the U.S. men's Olympic Track and Field Team. He has competed in 70 decathlons in 27 states, seven nations and three continents.

Lincoln McIlravy is a wrestler who was an All-American at the University of Iowa from 1993-1995 and in 1997. He has won three NCAA championships, four U.S. Open championships, and numerous titles at the Pan Am Games, Goodwill Games and other international competitions.

Michael E. Schmidt Jr., formerly of Leon, is a member of the Olympic shooting team. He has won three world championships and four national championships in skeet shooting, and he was the junior world champion at age 16.

Rod White is an archer who lives in Cedar Falls. He won the team gold medal at the 1996 Olympics and has placed strongly in competitions ranging from the U.S. Open to the National Target Championships to the National Indoor Championship to the Moscow Grand Prix.

These athletes are outstanding representatives of our state and strong role models for our young people. These six gifted individuals bring honor to Iowa and make us all very proud as we cheer them on in Sydney.

Tom Harkin

U.S. Senator - Iow