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Meet Your Olympians!

California has the highest number of athletes competing in the Summer Games this year - 127. Meet the athletes from our state who will compete in London.

They've put in innumerable hours of sweat, blood and tears to get where they are. They are among the best of the best and are ready to prove their mettle.

There are 529 athletes from 45 states who will represent the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

They are competing in events as diverse as athletics, fencing, rowing, soccer and basketball. For everyone, from swimmer Katie Ledecky, 15, to equestrian jumper Karen O’Connor, 54, these Games represent the culmination of all the hard work and dedication they've put in to win the coveted medal.

It's time to meet the Olympians from Patch towns in California.

First, meet a few Olympians from the Diablo Valley, and then some quick facts about your California Olympians.

DIABLO VALLEY OLYMPIANS


Sex : Male
Competing in Diving
Event / position / class : 3m synchro
Age : 19
From : Clayton


Sex : Female
Competing in Synchro Swimming
Event / position / class : Duet
Age : 22
From : Concord

Melissa Seidemann
Sex : Female
Competing in Water Polo
Event / position / class : Defender
Age : 22
From : Walnut Creek (graduated from College Park High, Pleasant Hill; now attending Stanford University)

 

OTHER CALIFORNIA OLYMPIANS

Tumua Anae 

Sex : Female
Competing in Water Polo
Event / position / class : Goalkeeper
Age : 23
From : Newport Beach

Tony Azevedo
Sex : Male
Competing in Water Polo
Event / position / class : Attacker
Age : 30
From : Long Beach

Howard Bach
Sex : Male
Competing in Badminton
Event / position / class : Doubles
Age : 33
From : San Francisco

Ryan Bailey
Sex : Male
Competing in Athletics
Event / position / class : 100m
Age : 23
From : Long Beach

Ryan Bailey
Sex : Male
Competing in Water Polo
Event / position / class : Center
Age : 36
From : Long Beach

Keshia Baker
Sex : Female
Competing in Athletics
Event / position / class : Relays
Age : 24
From : Fairfield

Layne Beaubien
Sex : Male
Competing in Water Polo
Event / position / class : Defender
Age : 36
From : Coronado

Jillian Camarena- Williams
Sex : Female
Competing in Athletics
Event / position / class : Shot Put
Age : 30
From : Woodland

Tyson Chandler
Sex : Male
Competing in Basketball
Event / position / class : Center
Age : 29
From : Compton

Annika Dries
Sex : Female
Competing in Water Polo
Event / position / class : Center
Age : 20
From : Laguna Beach

Jan Ebeling
Sex : Male
Competing in Equestrian
Event / position / class : Dressage - Individual, Team
Age : 53
From : Moorpark

Scott Gault
Sex : Male
Competing in Rowing
Event / position / class : Four
Age : 29
From : Piedmont

Sarah Hammer
Sex : Female
Competing in Cycling
Event / position / class : Track - Omnium, Team Pursuit
Age : 28
From : Temecula

James Harden
Sex : Male
Competing in Basketball
Event / position / class : Guard
Age : 22
From : Lakewood

Jessica Hardy
Sex : Female
Competing in Swimming
Event / position / class : 50m free; 100m free; 400m free relay
Age : 25
From : Long Beach

Russell Holmes
Sex : Male
Competing in Volleyball
Event / position / class : Middle Blocker
Age : 30
From : Fountain Valley

Tim Hutten
Sex : Male
Competing in Water Polo
Event / position / class : Defender
Age : 27
From : Seal Beach

Kibwe Johnson
Sex : Male
Competing in Athletics
Event / position / class : Hammer Throw
Age : 31
From : San Francisco

Jennifer Kessy
Sex : Female
Competing in Volleyball
Event / position / class : Beach
Age : 34
From : San Juan Capistrano

Kara Kohler
Sex : Female
Competing in Rowing
Event / position / class : Quadruple Sculls
Age : 21
From : Clayton

Chay Lapin
Sex : Male
Competing in Water Polo
Event / position / class : Goalkeeper
Age : 25
From : Long Beach

Esther Lofgren
Sex : Female
Competing in Rowing
Event / position / class : Eight
Age : 27
From : Newport Beach

Khatuna Lorig
Sex : Female
Competing in Archery
Event / position / class : Recurve - Individual, Team
Age : 38
From : West Hollywood

Paul Lotman
Sex : Male
Competing in Volleyball
Event / position / class : Outside Hitter
Age : 26
From : Lakewood

John Mann 

Sex : Male
Competing in Water Polo
Event / position / class : Center
Age : 27
From : Newport Beach

McKayla Maroney
Sex : Female
Competing in Gymnastics
Event / position / class : Artistic
Age : 16
From : Long Beach

Alexander Massialas
Sex : Male
Competing in Fencing
Event / position / class : Foil - Individual, Team
Age : 18
From : San Francisco

Samuel Mikulak 
Sex : Male 
Competing in Gymnastics
Event / position / class : Artistic
Age : 19
From : Newport Beach

Alex Morgan
Sex : Female
Competing in Soccer
Event / position / class : Forward
Age : 23
From : Diamond Bar

Julie Nichols
Sex : Female
Competing in Rowing
Event / position / class : Lightweight Double Sculls
Age : 34
From : Livermore

Alex Osborne
Sex : Male
Competing in Rowing
Event / position / class : Quadruple Sculls
Age : 25
From : Sherman Oaks

Megan Rapinoe
Sex : Female
Competing in Soccer
Event / position / class : Midfield
Age : 27
From : Redding

Amy Rodriguez
Sex : Female
Competing in Soccer
Event / position / class : Forward
Age : 25
From : Lake Forest

Sean Rosenthal
Sex : Male
Competing in Volleyball
Event / position / class : Beach
Age : 32
From : Hermosa Beach

Kyla Ross
Sex : Female
Competing in Gymnastics
Event / position / class : Artistic
Age : 15
From : Aliso Viejo

Shannon Rowbury
Sex : Female
Competing in Athletics
Event / position / class : 1500m
Age : 27
From : San Francisco

Jesse Smith
Sex : Male
Competing in Water Polo
Event / position / class : Utility
Age : 29
From : Coronado

Jessica Steffens
Sex : Female
Competing in Water Polo
Event / position / class : Defender
Age : 25
From : Danville

Maggie Steffens
Sex : Female
Competing in Water Polo
Event / position / class : Defender
Age : 19
From : Danville

Chloe Sutton
Sex : Female
Competing in Swimming
Event / position / class : 400m free
Age : 20
From : Mission Viejo

Brian Thornton
Sex : Male
Competing in Volleyball
Event / position / class : Setter
Age : 27
From : San Clemente

Zach Vlahos
Sex : Male
Competing in Rowing
Event / position / class : Eight
Age : 23
From : Piedmont

Rena Wang
Sex : Female
Competing in Badminton
Event / position / class : Singles
Age : 20
From : Arcadia

Lauren Wenger
Sex : Female
Competing in Water Polo
Event / position / class : All-Around
Age : 28
From : Long Beach

Russell Westbrook
Sex : Male
Competing in Basketball
Event / position / class : Guard
Age : 23
From : Long Beach

Adam Wright
Sex : Male
Competing in Water Polo
Event / position / class : Attacker
Age : 35
From : Seal Beach

Erica Wu
Sex : Female
Competing in Table Tennis
Event / position / class : Team
Age : 16
From : Arcadia

Lily Zhang
Sex : Female
Competing in Table Tennis
Event / position / class : Singles, Team
Age : 16
From : Palo Alto

Looking for a way to celebrate the Olympics locally? You can find local events for Olympic Fun Day on July 28 on the Let’s Move website, which has a page about how to set up your own local Olympics

Also check out our Directory and Events Calendar for listings of places where you can learn and participate in Olympic sports ranging from basketball to karate, gymnastics, swimming and more.

Jonathan Hawthorne July 24, 2012 at 05:30 PM
What about Maggie and Jessica Steffens? They graduated from Monte Vista High in Danville and will both be a part of team USA for women's water polo. I saw them in the California section, but they are definitely local! Here is a video profile on Maggie, a VERY talented water polio player! http://www.nbcnewyork.com/video/#!/blogs/1st-look/For-Olympic-Hopeful-Maggie-Steffens--Water-Polo-Is-a-Family-Affair/163214046
stevey July 24, 2012 at 06:22 PM
What about Natalie Coughlin?
Lance Howland (Editor) July 24, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Stevey: I noticed that omission from the list, too. Natalie Coughlin, who went to Carondelet and Cal, is a multiple gold-medal swimmer who has made the team again this year. Last I knew, she lives in Lafayette. Does anyone know different? -- Lance Howland, editor, Walnut Creek Patch
Nick Baker July 25, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Peter Varellas? USA Water Polo player from Moraga.

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