Little Miss Sunshine

After Missy Franklin became the darling of the United States in the wake of the 2012 Olympics, she made an unusual decision: Turn down millions of dollars in endorsements in order to swim at Cal. Now, she continues to dance through life.

Michael Drummond/Senior Staff

Missy Franklin always has a smile dancing at the edge of her mouth. Even when she’s just talking, she looks like she’s smiling, ready to burst out into a laugh. When she laughs — which is often — she doesn’t sound like Tinkerbell, as the name Missy might suggest. She
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Olympics wrapup: Day 17

After two weeks of victories and medals for Cal athletes at the London Olympics, the Games ended Sunday in a fitting fashion. Sophomore Aleksa Saponjic won a bronze medal with the Serbian men’s water polo team to bring Cal’s medal count at the London Games to a school record-tying 17. That total ties the record set in Beijing in 2008.
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Caitlin Leverenz was one of 12 Cal medalists in London, taking a bronze medal in the 200 IM.

Calympians end London Olympics with record 17 medals

Over the course of 18 days in London, Cal’s 38 Olympians won 17 medals in six sports — 11 of which were gold, finishing off a record-tying fortnight with arguably the greatest Olympic performance in school history and one of the greatest showings of any sports institution in America. Cal’s Olympians continue to improve on their showing at each summer Games.
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Winning a gold medalist

Cal won 17 medals at the London Olympics, but what if it turns out that number increases? What if Cal actually won 22 medals — 15 golds — and we didn’t even realize what was going on? What if the London Olympics really solidified Cal as the No. 1 school at which to be an Olympic athlete — instead of No. 2 or 3 — blowing Stanford, USC and every other American school out of the water? What if Missy Franklin comes to Cal?
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Olympics wrapup: Day 15

Former Cal runner Alysia Montano ended her Olympic journey with an upsetting fifth place finish in the women’s 800 final on Saturday. After winning the U.S. Track & Field Olympic Trials in the event earlier this year, Montano was the American most favored to win a medal, but she came up short.
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Nathan Adrian won his third medal of the Olympics swimming the freestyle leg of the men's 400 medley relay. Adrian also won the gold in the 100 freestyle.

Full list of Cal Olympic medalists

Gold medals (11) Nathan Adrian (USA) — Men’s swimming — 100 free relay Nathan Adrian (USA) — Men’s swimming — 400 medley relay Erin Cafaro (USA) — Women’s rowing — Eight Rachel Bootsma (USA) — Women’s swimming — 400 medley relay (swam in heats) Jessica Hardy (USA) — Women’s swimming — 400
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Olympics wrapup: Day 11

The chance to win her first gold medal nearly slipped out of Heather Petri’s fingertips when her coach made a blunder in Tuesday’s semifinal against Australia, but the U.S. advanced to its second straight Olympic gold medal game in an 11-9 overtime victory.
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Morgan scores winning goal in 4-3 U.S. victory

With less than a minute remaining in the final overtime, the former Cal standout took a cross from Heather O’Reilly and headed it into the back of the net just over the head of Canada goalkeeper Erin McLeod, sealing the squad’s 4-3 win and its fifth consecutive spot in the Olympic gold medal match.
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Going for the gold

The Summer Olympics are essentially to the rest of the world what the FIFA World Cup is to America: an excuse to adopt some crazy fanaticism about sports one knows absolutely nothing about. There are, of course, countless “hell yeah!” moments in any given Olympics — most of which involve Team USA. But for every “hell yeah!” moment, there’s at least one that takes you by surprise and makes you stammer, “What the hell?”
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Olympics wrapup: Day eight

Nathan Adrian wrapped up his Olympics with his second gold medal — and third overall — of the London Games, anchoring the American team with a time of 46.85 in the freestyle leg of the men’s 400 medley relay. Dana Vollmer and two other Cal swimmers won gold medals for their performances in the women’s 400 medley relay.
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