There are several Spartans heading to Rio for the games this week. We have a long tradition of Olympic sports at Michigan State.

The 2016 Olympic Games begin this week. Gymnastics and soccer events begin today, with the games officially kicking off with the opening ceremony on Friday. You can view the full schedule of events on the NBC Olympics website.

Read the stories below about the Spartans representing their countries at the games, our training facilities, and the history of the sports.

Spartans Heading to Summer Olympic Games in Rio

MSU alumni and students are preparing to head to Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Former Michigan State All-American Draymond Green has been named to the 12-man U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team. Green becomes the third Spartan to represent Team USA at the Summer Olympics, joining Magic Johnson (1992) and Steve Smith (2000). Read more at

Former Spartan rower Emily Regan will be a part of the U.S. women's eight, which seeks a historic 11th-consecutive world or Olympic title in Rio. Fellow Spartan Christie Daiss, a 2006 graduate, will also head to Rio as part of the medical team, and has been assigned to the athlete village. Read more at

Former MSU wrestler Franklin Gomez will be wrestling for Puerto Rico in Rio. He also wrestled in London in 2012. Gomez was a national champion at MSU in 2009.

MSU MBA student Mohamed Hrezi will represent Libya in the Olympic marathon, competing alongside runners from the place he calls home: the United States. Read more from the Eli Broad College of Business.

This story originally appeared on MSUToday.

Olympic Sports at MSU

In 2012 we ran a Beneath The Pines series, showing readers the behind-the-scenes olympic sport training facilities at Michigan State University and talking a little about the history of the sports at MSU. The series is an oldie, but a goodie, so we thought we'd share it again. Click the links below to see information on your favorite summer Olympic sports.

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