When the summer Olympics kick off Friday in London, Californians won’t have to look hard to find athletes from their state.
In advance of the games, KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez visited a track at College of the Canyons in Valencia that’s a haven for Olympians. On the same track, he found the past, present, and future of the state’s dreams for women’s events.
1985 gold medalist Sheri Howard is coaching 13-year-old Bailey Pate. This will be the fourth year in a row that Bailey Pate will compete in the 800 meters at the national competition.
Bailey looked over her shoulder. A few yards away, on the brick red track was her idol, Lashinda Demus, stretching and warming up. In last year’s world championship, Demus won the 400-meter hurdles with the third fastest time ever recorded.
Among the other contenders are table tennis players from Silicon Valley.
Central Valley Boxer Jose Ramirez has 144 fights and 11 national titles under his belt.
And these are just some of California’s contenders.