An Olympic first

Sarah Attar, who is eligible to compete for Saudi Arabia because her father was born there, is one of the first two Saudi Arabian women to ever compete in the Olympics. Judo competitor Wodjan Shaherkhani, born in Mecca, is the other. In the first Olympics since the Arab Spring began two years ago, Brunei, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are all sending women for the first time. A female athlete will represent each of the 204 countries in the Olympics for the first time in the history of the competition.
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Olympics wrapup: Day two

Dana Vollmer didn’t just win Cal’s first gold medal of the Olympics, she did so in a special kind of fashion. Vollmer’s outer cap fell off in the first half of the 100 fly, and her time at the halfway point of the race was only the third-fastest. But a less-streamlined Vollmer swam the race of her life, setting a world record en route to her gold medal finish, becoming the first female swimmer to crack the 56-second barrier in the event.
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Olympics wrapup: Day one

Dana Vollmer stole the Cal show, setting an Olympic record with a time of 56.26 in her heat of the women’s 100 fly and finishing first in the semifinals. Vollmer’s performance establishes her as the prohibitive favorite to win gold for the United States in Sunday’s final.
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Cal athletes around the world

Cal’s 38 Olympic athletes represent 17 countries on six continents. 19 of them come from North America, and 17 hail from the U.S. This list isn’t just a showcase of Cal’s talent, but a testament to Cal’s ability to attract athletes from all around the world.
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Meet the Coaches

An introduction to the five Cal coaches who will be taking part in the 2012 Olympics

An introduction to the five Cal coaches who will be taking part in the 2012 Olympics
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Editor’s Note: The Calympics Issue

Cal has enough athletes in the Olympics — 38, to be exact — that they could form their own country and no one would even blink an eye. Cal has been producing Olympians for decades, and in 2008 at Beijing, Calympians won 17 medals, more than at any Olympics in
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Building up a broken dream

Peter Li took a year off before coming to Cal to train for the Olympics. But the heavily-favored table tennis star came up shockingly short in his bid for London.

Peter Li took a year off before coming to Cal to train for the Olympics. But the heavily-favored table tennis star came up shockingly short in his bid for London.
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Olympics Preview: Your guide to the Calympics

Cal has 45 athletes, coaches and staff who will compete in the London Olympics. We introduce you to five of them in this guide.

Cal has 45 athletes, coaches and staff who will compete in the London Olympics. We introduce you to five of them in this guide.
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Olympic Moment of the Week: Matt Biondi wins eight gold medals

Besides Mark Spitz and Michael Phelps, no swimmer has ever matched the eight golds Matt Biondi racked up from 1984-92 in Los Angeles, Seoul and Barcelona. Only five athletes have surpassed Biondi’s mark in any sport. You could make the argument that Biondi is not just the greatest swimmer Cal has ever produced, but the best athlete the school has had in any sport.
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Alex Morgan: Always a Golden Bear

Although she's now one of the biggest names in women's soccer, Cal still keeps a special place in Alex Morgan's heart

Before the commercials, before the magazine covers, before the Times Square billboards, Alex Morgan was a Golden Bear. After all of the acclaim, Cal still holds a special spot in Alex Morgan’s heart.
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