Surfing and skateboarding, sports with roots in California, have made their splashy debuts this year at the Olympics. And true to form, California athletes have also made quite a showing at the Games so far.
Of the 613 athletes competing from the United States, more than one in five are from California, according to the Census Bureau. That does not include the dozens more who did not grow up here but competed for California college teams, such as Stanford, which according to one expert has sent more athletes to the Olympics than any other university.
The California contingent in Tokyo — including people who live here or attended college here — has helped the United States win 13 of its 41 medals as of Thursday evening. Florida can so far claim 11 medals this year, while most states have only a couple to their name.
The Olympic Games are only halfway through, and there are still lots of events coming up where California athletes can shine. Here’s a rundown of some of the notable wins as well upcoming competitions. All times, of course, are Pacific:
Californians who earned medals
For the first time in 13 years, softball returned to the Olympic stage. Ten of the 15 players on the U.S. team, which took home a silver medal, were from California. Pitcher Monica Abbott is from Salinas and catcher Aubree Munro is from Brea.
Kelsey Plum, from Poway in San Diego County, helped the U.S. earn a gold medal for women’s three-on-three basketball, which made its Olympic debut this year.
A three-person dressage team won the U.S. a silver medal, its best finish since 1948. Sabine Schut-Kery is from Thousand Oaks, and Steffen Peters is from San Diego.
Swimming races feature plenty of California college stars, but perhaps no one is as well-known as Katie Ledecky, a Stanford grad who gained three Olympic medals this year for a total of nine over her career. Ryan Murphy, Katie McLaughlin and Abbey Weitzeil, all of whom swam for U.C. Berkeley, also won medals in Tokyo.
Upcoming events featuring Californians
Golf: Two Southern California golfers, Xander Schauffele and Collin Morikawa, are off to strong starts so far. The men’s gold medal match starts on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Danielle Kang, who attended Pepperdine University and went to high school in Thousand Oaks, is competing as one of the top-ranked golfers in the world. The women’s gold medal match airs on Aug. 7 at 11:30 p.m.
Women’s beach volleyball: April Ross, a three-time Olympian of Costa Mesa, and Alix Klineman, of Manhattan Beach, make a promising duo. The gold medal match airs on Aug. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
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