Area athletes who dream of Olympic gold and others who have already found it
More than 200 athletes competing in the 2012 Summer Games have a California connection. They either live in the state now or were born here. See the list here. You can also follow many of them on Twitter.
Insight Interviews with and News Stories About Local Olympians
Alyssa Anderson brought home gold for the women's 4 x 200 freestyle relay while sister Haley won silver in the Women's Open Water swim. Both talked with Beth Ruyak about their amazing Olympics experiences.
Listen back to this collection of highlights from Beth Ruyak's interviews with local Olympians.
San Jose's Scott Weltz surprised the swimming world at the US Olympic Trials by winning the 200m breast stroke. He competed in London and finished fifth. His personal coach Pete Motekaitis, whom he met at UC Davis, talks about Weltz's experience.
U.S. men's gymnastics team member Jake Dalton took 5th in the men's floor exercise final on Sunday, capping off an impressive Olympic debut. The day after that performance, the Reno native talked with Beth Ruyak about his experience in London.
Lindsay Davenport played for the Sacramento Capitals for several seasons, but is now playing for the Orange County Breakers in the World Team Tennis league. She talked about her Olympic memories before a recent match here in Sacramento.
Congrats to U.S. Women's Rowing for grabbing gold on Thursday in Women's Eight! (They also won in Beijing.) Coxswain Mary Whipple, a Sacramento native, talks about what it takes to be a great rowing team in this video produced by the New York Times.
As the 2012 London Olympic Games continue to unfold, we check in with Mike Sayers about British cyclist Bradley Wiggins winning an Olympic gold medal and the Tour de France.
Debbie Meyer became the first swimmer to win three individual gold medals in one Olympics at the 1968 Summer Games in Mexico City. At the time she was a 16-year old student at Rio Americano High School in Sacramento.
In the early 1990's, Sacramento computer programmer Scott Slater, whose daughter was competing in gymnastics, applied his skills to the gym's scoring system. Within a few years he and the owners of Technique Gymnastics developed the ProScore system.
As we watch the Olympics, we sometimes forget the athletes who have made it to the pinnacle of sport often didn’t get there alone. We have the story of one family who put everything into their child’s dream.
At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, a 19-year-old from Roseville became the most decorated US swimmer of those games. Summer Sanders won four medals: two golds, a silver and a bronze. Now she’s in London reporting on the games for Yahoo Sports.
UC Davis swimmer Scott Weltz pulled off an upset during the US Olympic swimming trials in the 200 meter breaststroke, beating out favorites Brendan Hansen and Eric Shanteau. Weltz is now preparing for a trip to the London games.
Sacramento fencer James Williams went to the Beijing Olympics in 2008 as a substitute and returned with the silver medal. This summer in London he looks to increase his medal count.
Sacramento swimmer Jeff Float recalls the relay race that earned him and his American teammates Olympic gold in 1984.
His 10,000 meter race for the Olympic gold medal in 1964 has been called "the greatest race of the 20th century" by Running Times. Billy Mills joins us to talk about the legacy of his race as the 2012 Olympics near.
After Gabe Gardner won a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, he retired from the US Men’s Volleyball Team. Fast forward to 2012 and the Carmichael resident is now a team alternate, just one step removed from competing at the London Games.
We spoke with Rio Americano High grad Kevin Ferguson about his quest to make this year's USA Olympic Team. He talks with Insight's Beth Ruyak about his experience competing in the Trials and what his plans are now.
Kim Conley has qualified for the USA Olympic Team after a dramatic finish in the 5000m race. We've been checking in with Kim throughout the Trials in Eugene, Oregon.
Sacramento born Mary Whipple is headed to her third Summer Games as the coxswain for the USA women's rowing team. Whipple won a gold medal in 2008 and a silver in 2004.
Long-time Sacramento-area professional cyclist Mike Sayers, who shifted his career from racing to coaching, will direct the US Olympic Men's Cycling Team at the 2012 Summer Games in London.
Kim Conley Update: Qualified for Finals on Thursday
Tue, Jun 26, 2012
West Sacramento runner Kim Conley has qualified for the finals of the US Track and Field Olympic team.
Galt's Stephanie Brown Trafton Looking To Repeat
Tue, Jun 26, 2012
Stephanie Brown Trafton thrilled Northern Californians and fans everywhere by winning the Olympic Gold Medal in Women's Discus Throw in 2008.
Rio Americano Grad Swimming for Spot on US Team
Mon, Jun 25, 2012
Sacramento swimmer Kevin Ferguson found his water legs as a child at Arden Hills and continued on to swim competitively as a member of the Rio Americano High School team.
West Sacramento Runner Kim Conley at Trials in Oregon
Thu, Jun 21, 2012
Runner Kim Conley is hoping to qualify for a spot on the US Olympic Team to compete in the Women's 5000 meters.
Olympic Gold Medalist and Sacramento-area Resident Ruthie Bolton
Thu, Jun 07, 2012
Sacramento's Hall of Famer, Olympic Gold Medalist and Monarchs star Ruthie Bolton has released her biography The Ride of a Lifetime.
Olympians With a California Connection
From NPR News
Fast-Track Program: Kenyan Runners Join U.S. Army — And Olympic Team
A U.S. Army program allows elite athletes to join the military and train in their sport. Four Kenyan distance runners in the U.S. military quickly became citizens and will represent America in Rio.
Now Russia's Paralympic Athletes May Be Banned Amid Signs Of Doping
The Paralympic Committee said it's investigating 35 "disappearing positive samples" among disabled Russian athletes. The committee plans to announce by Aug. 1 whether it will ban Russia.
45 Olympic Athletes From 2012, 2008 Implicated In New Doping Tests
More than 20 athletes who won Olympic medals in Beijing are among those implicated. The new findings nearly double the number of implicated athletes from those games.
Russian Track Athletes' Appeal Is Denied By Court Of Arbitration For Sport
The request for arbitration had been filed by the Russian Olympic Committee and 68 track and field athletes who were declared ineligible for the Olympic Games in Rio.
Report: Russia Used 'Mouse Hole' To Swap Urine Samples Of Olympic Athletes
At the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, the Russians traded dirty urine samples for clean ones by passing them through a hole drilled into the wall of the anti-doping lab, according to an official report.
Olympic Committee Puts Off Final Decision On Barring Entire Russian Team
The International Olympic Committee said it would weigh collective punishment versus "the right to individual justice." This comes a day after the World Anti-Doping Agency called for a blanket ban.
Russia Should Be Barred From Rio Olympics, World Anti-Doping Agency Says
"The findings of the report show a shocking and unprecedented attack on the integrity of sport and on the Olympic Games," IOC President Thomas Bach says of a WADA investigation.
At The U.S. Olympic Trials, Mixed Opinions About Russian Doping Scandal
The Russian scandal is a hot topic at the U.S. track and field Olympic Trials. Some feel individual Russian athletes should be allowed to compete if they're clean, others support a blanket ban.
For Heptathlete Sharon Day-Monroe, It's 7 Events With Just One Goal
She's already been to the Olympics twice and been a U.S. champion several times over. But at 31, Day-Monroe knows this may be her last shot at an Olympic medal.
A Rejuvenated Michael Phelps Says Rio Will Be Special
Michael Phelps got a DUI, some bad press and time in rehab since the 2012 Olympics. And that helps explain why he decided to come out of retirement and compete in his fifth Summer Games.
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