Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Olympic Recap: How Did O.C. Stars Fare?

Nearly 80 athletes with Orange County connections competed in the 2012 London Olympics. Here’s a look back on how some of the big stars fared…

Misty May-Treanor

Sport: Beach volleyball

O.C. Connection: Newport Harbor High School graduate

Results: May-Treanor and her partner Kerri Walsh Jennings won their third consecutive Olympic gold medals. Afterward, both women announced their retirements from professional volleyball.

Sam Mikaluk

Sport: Gymnastics

O.C. Connection: Corona del Mar High School graduate

Results: Mikaluk sprained his ankle during the Olympic trials, so he was only able to compete in the vault. He still helped the team to a fifth place finish and placed fifth the the individual vaulting event.

Kyla Ross

Sport: Artistic gymnastics

O.C. Connection: Aliso Niguel High School student

Results: Ross, a specialist on the uneven bars and balance beam, helped the women’s team take home the first team gold medal since 1996 — a few months before she was born.

McKayla Maroney

Sport: Artistic gymnastics

O.C. Connection: From Long Beach — home schooled

Results: Maroney was a breakout star of the Olympics with her nearly perfect performance on the vault during the women’s team competition. She helped the team take home the gold medal before going on to a disappointing-yet-impressive second place in the individual vault competition.

Rebecca Soni

Sport: Swimming

O.C. Connection: University of Southern California graduate

Results: Soni took home two gold medals — one in the 200 meter breaststroke and one in the 4×100 meter relay — and a silver medal in the 100 meter breaststroke.

— Photos courtesy of Team USA’s

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Emily is the publishing coordinator for High School Illustrated — and she loves receiving new content! She is a recent journalism graduate from the University of Kansas. Her favorite sport to participate in is track and field. Her favorite sport to watch is basketball. Rock chalk, Jayhawk!

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  1. This is very cool. Congrats to the athletes!

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