University of California Olympians Storified

2012 University of California Olympians

Nearly 100 UC-affiliated athletes and staff took part in the Olympic Games in London.

Storified by University of California · Mon, Aug 13 2012 11:41:34

UC students, alumni, coaches, trainers, doctors and staff represented the United States and countries from around the world. UC Olympians won 27 medals! Here’s their experience. 
After some final competitions for UC Olympians, a great closing ceremonies, recounting the medals, the great experience and the journey home.
Wow Wilson
Made it back stateside! Thanks to everyone for making the last month the incredible journey that it was! #excitedtobebackNathan Adrian
Back in the USA!Alex Morgan
God bless the USA #almosthomelauren cheney
Can’t believe the Olympics are over! Adding on to my season now. First a mile in Leuven and then a 3k in Lausanne.Kim Conley
On our way home!! Thank you #London2012 it’s been great!! #GoTeamUSA I am a #proudamericanCourtney Mathewson
Packed and about to leave Olympic village, sad times!Mark Hunter
Thank you for all of the memories London!!!Kevin Love
Going to NY to be on the @Late_Show Wednesday evening!! I cannot wait!! #Letterman #fbDana Vollmer
Unforgettable times at Closing Ceremony last night w my girls! “@LoPerdue: Front row seats!” #fbJessica Hardy
Aren’t u 2 the bomb!?! #gobears RT “@ErinCafaro: Hanging w/ @Alysia800 at closing ceremonies… #GOBEARS”Sandy Barbour
the celebration has begun! closing ceremonies were a success. Sonali Merrill
Couldn’t choose one so went for 4. London 2012, phenomenal. Can’t believe it’s over. Here’s to a new chapter! Wilson
Sad to see the flame go out. The #London2012 Olympic dream is over and how amazing it was. Now efforts turn towards the legacy!#2012LegacyMark Hunter
Had a quick look! Hunter
You’re in there somewhere @nathangadrian @nataliecoughlin @AnthonyErvin @LL_Cool_M Wilson
Heading out to the Closing Ceremony! Watch for me and @rebsoni on TV!!!! #fb Vollmer
Off to the closing ceremony @kohara19 @tobinheath ! Wow what an Olympics… Wearing our gold medals proudly!! #fb Morgan
@UCIAthletics Headed to closing cermonies. Morrison
Run To Win- You don’t have to finish in 1st place to win. Run to Win, means to get the best out of yourself…. keflezighi
So proud of @runmeb for the gutsy Olympic race! 4th place after many ups and downs leading up to race! #proudamerican/bruinUCLA Track & Field
@runmeb You continue to inspire me to keep believing! Big congratulations!Kara Goucher
Great run by our #UCLAOlympian in marathon! RT @LondonLive: "Fourth in the world, I’ll take it." – @runmeb (Meb Keflezighi) on his finishUCLA Athletics
Congrats Aleksa! Serbia comes from way down to beat Montenegro 11-10 in Bronze Medal game! Cal’s 17th medal of #London2012 #GoBearsSandy Barbour
Congrats Aleksa! Olympic Medal! NCAA Championship next! #GoBears RT “@aleksah2o:”Sandy Barbour
Final 2012 Olympic Roundup : UCLA finishes with 6 gold medals after Love, Westbrook win gold with @usabasketballUCLA Athletics
Congrats to all Olympians. See recap of #Cal athletes in London Olympics #GoBearsCal
#UCLAOlympians Shine in 2012 London Olympics. 6 UCLA athletes, 2 coaches win gold. Athletics
I was able to go to the gold medal game vs Spain!! Adrian
so amazing!! “@rebsoni: Our last event to watch at the Olympics!! Men’s basketball finals with @danavollmer #fb” #fbDana Vollmer
As competition winds down for some UC athletes and coaches, they get a chance to experience other events and activities.
Ugh I hate packing. @andywgrant flies home tomorrow so I’m moving in w/ @rebsoni till closing!! #fbDana Vollmer
Found a make shift "Chipotle" out here. I’m starving. I’m about to go in. LolDawn Harper
At the @OakleyEurope party amazing music with amazing people!Mark Hunter
USA basketball #leggooo Morgan
First time I’ve tried both medals on together! They’re big but the memories are even greater. Feeling blessed. Hardy
Intense game of hockey this afternoon! The @BlackSticks were amazing out there. So grateful to be there cheering! Boyle
Got to spend some time with Bruce Jenner and @NBC today to talk about our gold medals #godisgood #goldisgoodtoo Morgan
The Tower of London was really cool to see!! And got to see the London Bridge in the backdrop #fb Vollmer
Look at our medal stand jackets. They do this to a pic every time the flash is on. #crazy Harper
Me and @Leomanzano with our silver medals. Sharing a great moment… MANZANO! Harper
Getting ready to cook shawarma! @ TODAY Show #Olympics Studio Coughlin
More competition to come.
<div>Alumna Carrie Johnson’s "humble pursuit of excellence and respect for the Olympic spirit” featured in the UT. She competes in the 200 final tomorrow.</div>UC San Diego
Alysia on 800m final: I’m going to step out there on the line and leave it on the line.Cal Track & Field
Oh no! 
Tough loss for Saponjic and Serbian Men’s Polo against Italy 9-7. They will advance to the Bronze medal match on Sunday.Jenny Simon-O’Neill
MWP: Jeff Powers scores 2 goals, Ryan Bailey 1, but U.S. Olympic team falls to Spain, 8-7. #EatersinLondonUC Irvine Athletics
Congratulations to the U.S. women’s soccer and water polo teams!
We may not have won an NCAA Championship @laurencheney8.. But we weren’t done. #bruinsforever Leroux
Mom, I love you! Thank you for teaching me how to never take no for an answer. Leroux
Presenting the 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist in Women’s Water Polo – Team USA (photo by Jeff Cable) Water Polo
Youngest and oldest! @maggiesteffens Petri
Dan Klatt brings the Gold to UCIUC Irvine Athletics
Congrats to the USA Women’s Soccer team and @AlexMorgan13 on their Olympic GOLD!!!Cal Bears
USA, USA, USA! Congrats #TeamUSA and the Bears own @alexmorgan13 on Gold Medal victory over Japan! Awesome! #GoBears #PureGoldSandy Barbour
And ANOTHER pair of gold medals for Bruins! @ussoccer_wnt wins 3rd-straight gold. Congrats to @laurencheney8 and @sydneyleroux!UCLA Athletics
Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) and USA Women’s Soccer win GOLD!!!! #BearsInLondonJenny Simon-O’Neill
Heather Petri (@PeteIsAGirl) and Elsie Windes celebrating first GOLD medal for USA in Women’s Water Polo.So exciting!! Simon-O’Neill
RT @UCLAWaterPolo: Congrats to @USAWP women & UCLA’s Kelly Rulon, Courtney Mathewson & Adam Krikorian on winning its first-ever GOLD MEDALUCLA Athletics
congratulations to Dan Klatt and the @USAWP on winning GOLD, first time EVER, #Anteater making history @BigWestSports @UCIrvine #London2012Jacqueline Ho
#GOLDALERT #WWP @USAWP and COACH KLATT win GOLD!! 8-5 over Spain #EatersinLondon #eatersallin #UCIPrideUC Irvine Athletics
Going for gold.
Alysia (@Alysia800) qualifies for the final in the Women’s 800!!!!! Go Bears!!!Jenny Simon-O’Neill
Screenshot from BBC Coverage of Alysia Montano (@Alysia800) at the start. Go Bears!! #BearsInLondon Simon-O’Neill
Go Alex!!!!!!!! RT@gobearsAD: Good luck to @alexmorgan13 and #USASoccer in #London2012 Gold Medal game! Go get it Alex! #GoBears”Jenny Simon-O’Neill
GAME DAY!! This is what everything comes down to. USA v Japan. It’s finally here, and I’m going to enjoy every second of it! #USWNT #fbAlex Morgan
Olympic Finals !!!!lauren cheney
More #UCLAOlympians going for gold today: 4 Bruin players, 2 coaches w/ @ussoccer_wnt & @USAWP women. Soccer at 11:45am, WWP at Noon PT.UCLA Athletics
SOOOO excited to watch @CLKMathewson and #USAWWP play Spain today!!!!!! #GoTeamUSA #go4gold !!!!!!Heather
So excited to watch @clkmathewson play in the GOLD Medal game tmrw! GO #USA!! #go4gold #olympics Zebisch
Olympics. Windes, Petri Help USA to Water Polo Final Bears
Our "costume" aka our pre game outfit!! Oh wow! Goodson
Pretty stoked I get to take this to the pool! #podiumoutfit SO PROUD OF THE TEAM! #ourcircle @USWP @USOlympic #GoTeamUSAHeather Petri
Go Alysia!!! RT@Alysia800: Tonight I am racing the semi-final round at 7:30pm London time in heat 2. Go Bears!!!! #BearsInLondonJenny Simon-O’Neill
Tonight I am racing the semi-final round at 7:30pm London time in heat 2.Alysia Montaño
Another UC medal!
Congrats to #UCLAOlympian & @UCLAWSoccer junior @cbstewart19 for winning Olympic bronze w/ Team Canada! UCLA’s all-time medal count: 244.UCLA Athletics
Congratulations to UCLA Women’s Soccer junior …Facebook
Winning medals brings instant celebrity.
Visit this link for some great audio interviews with our Cal Olympians thanks to @jigarmehta via #soundcloud”Jenny Simon-O’Neill
"@lauraluo: Couldn’t help but smile while drawing this picture of @Nathangadrian =] #goldmedalsmile" whoa that’s cool!Nathan Adrian
"@KarthiSport: By far the most popular Gold medallists in the BBC studio @Nathangadrian & @RickyBerens!" our pleasure!Nathan Adrian
Thank u Keith Hague for making my visit to @WellingtonHosp so memorable and impactful! @scotthague @johnhaywoodlfc #fb Vollmer
Just posted a photo @ P&G Global Family Home Coughlin
UC Berkeley’s Alysia Montano on the track today. UC Berkeley, UC Irvine and UCLA have strong representation in men’s water polo team; and U.S. men’s volleyball has several UC coaches and players.
#MVB: ********SPOILER ALERT********** USA hopes for a medal dashed with 3-0 loss to Italy.UC Irvine Athletics
#MVB: So proud of @BrianCThonton, David Smith and @USA_Volleyball! #EatersinLondon @ucirvinemvb #UCIPride #BWCLondon Irvine Athletics
Aleska Saponjic and Serbia Men’s Water Polo beat Australia 11-8! They will move onto the semifinals. Go Bears! #BearsInLondonJenny Simon-O’Neill
Adam Wright of Team USA and UCLA, right, tries to block a pass from Tiberiu Negrean of Romania.
Tough loss for John Mann and USA Men’s Water Polo against Croatia 8-2. Will play again on Friday, 8/10 vs. Spain in the Semifinal 5-8.Jenny Simon-O’Neill
MWP: **SPOILER ALERT** Ryan Bailey scores his 10th goal of the 2012 Olympics, but U.S. falls to Croatia, 8-2. #EatersinLondonUC Irvine Athletics
Alysia Montano leads all qualifiers in 800m first round – 2:00.47.Cal Track & Field
#gameday v Croatia quarter finals! #london2012Chay Lapin
Congratulations, Dawn!
Dawn Harper wins Silver Medal in 100m hurdles with lifetime-best 12.37. Misses Gold by .02 seconds. CONGRATS!UCLA Athletics
#USA’s #DawnHarper takes #silver in the #100meter #hurdles. #KellieWells takes #bronzeusatodaysports
U.S. women’s water polo advances to the gold medal game!
#ourcircle @betsarmstrong1 @tumua_AnEye @brenda4villa @maggiesteffens @melseidemann @PeteIsAGirl @annidries Mathewson
So exciting!!! RT@USAWP: That’s the game, TeamUSA will play for GOLD. They top Australia 11-9 in OT. They will move on to Thursday’s final.Jenny Simon-O’Neill
#SPOILERALERT #WWP: Coach Klatt and @USAWP take down Australia 11-9 in OT. Will play for Gold Thursday! #EatersinLondonUC Irvine Athletics
Here’s #UCLAOlympian @CLKMathewson during pre-game intros of USA-Australia water polo semifinal Athletics
Great job, Kim Conley.
15:14.48. Bummed to not be in the final, but so honored to be part of an amazing team. @julieculley and @MrsBenny1 will represent on Friday!Kim Conley
Conley Sets Personal Best On Olympic Track – UC Davis Official Athletic SiteAug. 7, 2012 Olympic 5,000 results | Aggie Olympics Central LONDON, England – UC Davis alumnus and current volunteer assistant coach Kim …
Dare to DreamDare to Dream Kim Conley has never won a major meet. She was never an All-American in college. She had never even competed at the NCAA Ch…
Alex Morgan sends the U.S. women’s soccer team to the gold medal game against Japan.
‎"I’m still in shock" – Alex Morgan after the game in which she scored the game winner in the 123rd minute to send the US to the Olympic Final.Alex Morgan
You know it, you tell the story, you tell the OLYMPICS this is BEAR TERRITORY!Cal Bears
BOOM!! RT @cousinvinnieb: Dear America, you’re welcome. From, @CalAthletics #GoBears What a goal by Alex Morgan!Cal Bears
What a Semi Final! can’t wait for the USA Japan rematch!! #USAvCANRosie White
Alex Morgan is so awesome!!! USA wins with the semifinal and heads to the final game thanks to a header from Cal’s Alex Morgan in overtime.Jenny Simon-O’Neill
What a game by @ussoccer_wnt! @laurencheney8 @sydneyleroux and U.S. team advance to gold medal match after a 4-3 OT win over Canada.UCLA Athletics
Water polo and soccer start the week. 
My favorite day… USA vs. Canada #london2012lauren cheney
SPOILER ALERT: That’s the game, Hungary tops the USA Men 11-6 to close out group play. Up next the quarterfinals on Wednesday vs CroatiaUSA Water Polo
MWP: *** SPOILER ALERT*** Tough day for U.S., loses to Hungary 11-6; Jeff Powers with a goal. #EatersinLondonUC Irvine Athletics
A look back from rower and UCLA alum Mark Hunter’s column in the London Evening Standard.
Dealing with the pain and nightmares of losing! Hunter
Some love for UCLA and UC Irvine Olympians.
UCLA 2012 Olympiansucla
UC Irvine Olympians 2012ucirvinenews
Lots of action over the weekend, including water polo and the start of track and field competition.
#UCLAOlympian & defending champ Dawn Harper qualified to Tuesday’s semifinals in 100m Hurdles. Harper finished 2nd in her heat (12.75)UCLA Athletics
USA vs. HUN today. Watch us America!!! #nbc #Go4Gold #Olympics #London2012 @ChayLapin @Sheabuckner Mann
I got to enjoy more of the Olympics last night by going to athletics and getting to watch the mens 100m dash. So fun! Leverenz
Usain Bolt is a CHAMP!!!Peng Peng Lee
Great run, Christine!
Christine Merrill’s Olympic Moment Finally ArrivesLONDON – Christine Sonali Merrill officially became UC San Diego’s first track and field Olympian on Sunday as the former All-American to…
It’s official! I’ve competed in the Olympics. Also, good morning/I woke up still in my uniform. Sonali Merrill
Went into the Race ranked 40 out of 43… Came out as #30!!! rawr … Ran the fastest first 3 hurdles of my life – and didn’t know what to do from there… tried to go back to my normal rhythm but it slowed me down. Lots of room for improvement. Today was moment I will never ever forget. The roar of a crowd so loud it made my heart echo. The bounce of the rock hard track. The feeling of the Olympic Spirit. Thank you Sri Lanka! and Thank you to you all for sharing it with me!See MoreChristine Sonali Merrill
Team USA on to semifinals in W. Water Polo after 9-6 win over Italy. Kelly Rulon w/ 2 goals, @CLKMathewson scored 1. #UCLAOlympiansUCLA Athletics
Olympic Roundup – Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 – UCLA Official Athletic SiteAug. 5, 2012 Kelly Rulon had two goals, and Courtney Mathewson added another to lead the USA Women’s Water Polo team to the a 9-6 victory…
Olympics. Petri and Windes Help U.S. Women’s Water Polo Advance Bears
Petri and Windes Help U.S. Women’s Water Polo Advance – The University of California Official Athletic SiteAug. 5, 2012 BERKELEY – The lone California representatives competing in the Olympics on Sunday were Heather Petri and Elsie Windes in wo…
USA Women’s Water Polo and their 2 CalBears advance to medal round with 9-6 win over Italy. Here’s 2u Else and @PeteIsAGirl. Go Get ‘Em!Sandy Barbour
The U.S. women’s soccer team beats New Zealand and advances to the semifinals. Lauren Cheney, Sydney Leroux and Alex Morgan played for the United States. Betsy Hassett and Rosie White played for New Zealand.
#USWNT advances to semis w/ 2-0 win over NZ. @sydneyleroux scored in 2nd H. @laurencheney8 started for U.S. & Rosie White played for NZUCLA Athletics
USA Soccer (Alex Morgan) is up 1-0 on New Zealand Soccer (Betsy Hassett) at the half. #BearsInLondonJenny Simon-O’Neill
And more swimming, basketball and water polo.
WATER POLO: Maggie Steffens scored three goals to lead U.S. women to a 7-6 win vs China and a spot in the quarterfinals.ESPN_OlySports
Team Normatec/stiches/recovery after win against china, 7-6. Go USA! @maggiesteffens @PeteIsAGirl @melseidemann Mathewson
GAME ON!! Quarterfinals vs Italy on the 5th!! @PeteIsAGirl @betsarmstrong1 @maggiesteffens @brenda4villa @annidries Mathewson
Got the job done this am. Made tonight’s semi in 50 free & swam the medley relay to set up the final girls. One lap tonight!Jessica Hardy
Officially done swimming at the 2012 Olympic Games! Ended on a good note and I couldn’t be more proud to be an American! Now to Cal! Rachel Bootsma
Team USA set Olympic scoring record & dominated Nigeria in basketball, 156-73. @UCLAMBB’s @russwest44 had 21 pts, @kevinlove w/ 15.UCLA Athletics
@russwest44 UCLA connection. Love
Olympics. Mann Helps USA to 13-7 Win Over Great Britain Sports Now
Around the games.
The Gold Medalist @Nathangadrian and his coach @calmenswim #winningcombination Meehan
U both look gorgeous! <3 you both and miss u 🙂 RT @NastiaLiukin: So proud of you @gabrielledoug!! Xoxo Li
Dreaming of this place. Goodnight Newcastle! cheney
More medals and Scott Weltz’s great story.
Here’s a fantastic story from the LA Times on Scott Weltz’s journey to London. Congrats Scott! Davis Athletics
Great job! #UCDavisOly RT @SwimWeltz: My Olympic journey is complete. Had a good run & gave it my all. Thanks everyone for all the support.UC Davis Athletics
Congrats to Erin Cafaro (@ErinCafaro) and the US Women’s 8 on their GOLD medal!! Go Bears!!! (Cafaro was my very 1st follower on Twitter!)Jenny Simon-O’Neill
Just as sweet Cafaro
Lots of action in the pool, including medals and more medals for UC athletes!  
Olympic record by #TeamUSA in the pool! Congrats @FranklinMissy, @DanaVollmer, @ArSchmitty, @S_Vreeland on the 4×200 free GOLD!US Olympic Team
UC Berkeley’s Dana Vollmer, second from right, grabs gold in the 200-meter freestyle relay.
More gold for swimmer Nathan Adrian of UC Berkeley in the 100-meter freestyle.
@Nathangadrian YESSSSSS!!!! absolutely amazing #inowhavenovoiceHannah Wilson
Congrats @NathanGAdrian on adding to #TeamUSA’s gold medal count by winning the 100m freestyle in 47.52.US Olympic Team
Congratulations Kara Kohler, second from right, and Team USA in quadruple skull rowing.
Awesome, Kara! RT:“@CalWCrew: CONGRATULATIONS, KARA KOHLER!!! Olympic bronze medal w/ USA W4x! Great stuff! Go Bears! Go USA!!! @Rowing4Cal”Sandy Barbour
UCLA’s Courtney Mathewson starred for Team USA.
1 goal fr. @CLKMathewson RT @UCLAWaterPolo: The @USAWP women’s team finishes w/ 9-9 tie vs. Spain, moving its record to 1-0-1 in group playUCLA Athletics
Waterpolo USA vs Spain Iguodala
Caitlin Leverenz shows off her bronze medal with Cal swimming coach Teri McKeever.
Incredibly proud of my USA and #calbears teammate @cleverenz for bringing home a bronze in the 200IM last night! #fb Vollmer
Swimmer Caitlin Leverenz wins another medal for UC. There was plenty of swimming and water polo action in the pool today. 
Caitlin Leverenz is so awesome!! Bronze medalist in the 200 IM. Watching her medal ceremony right now. Go Bears!!!!!!!!!! #BearsInLondonJenny Simon-O’Neill
Team USA! @cleverenz @ArianaKukors Coughlin
Go, @swimweltz! “@Drew_Wartenburg: UC Davis alum Scott Weltz will swim in the 200m breaststroke final tomorrow night.”Kim Conley
MWP update: Congrats to both John Mann (USA) and Aleksa Saponjic (Serbia) on great wins today! Visit for a full recap.Jenny Simon-O’Neill
Another win for @USAWP (10-8 over Romania) + 2 more goals for @UCLAWaterPolo men’s coach and #UCLAOlympian @AdamWrightUCLAUCLA Athletics
In the pitch, the U.S. and New Zealand women’s soccer teams move to the next round. Laura Cheney of UCLA, No. 12, and Alex Morgan of UC Berkeley, No. 13, help celebrate a goal in the U.S and women’s soccer team’s win over Korea.
All four @UCLAWSoccer Olympians have advanced to the quarterfinals! Rosie White & New Zealand also move on after 3-1 win over Cameroon.UCLA Athletics
Olympic WSoccer update: USA (Alex Morgan) and NZ (Betsy Hassett) move onto the quarterfinals. Next match on Aug 3rd, they play each other!Jenny Simon-O’Neill
Congrats to @laurencheney8, @sydneyleroux – the #USWNT is on to QFs after a 1-0 win over PRK. U.S. went 3-0 in group play #UCLAOlympiansUCLA Athletics
On hard court, Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook, who went to UCLA, played key roles in Team USA’s men’s basketball win.
.@UCLAMBB alums @kevinlove & @russwest44 combined for 27 pts. in USA Basketball’s 110-63 win over Tunisia. Love tied for team lead w/ 16UCLA Athletics
Olympic bloggers: UC people are blogging their experiences. If we’re missing some, let us know!
UCLA athletes coaches, alumni and staff Olympic bloggers include water polo player Chay Lapin, men’s volleyball coach John Speraw, Athletic Director Mike Sondheimer, gymnast Anna Li, gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos-Field and alum Ariana Berlin, who is a videographer for the U.S. women’s soccer team.
London Log-In – Chay Lapin (July 30, 2012) – UCLA Official Athletic SiteUCLA athletes, coaches, alumni and staff share their experiences at the 2012 Olympics. UCLA Men’s Water Polo alumnus Chay Lapin writes ab…
London Log-In – July 29, 2012 – UCLA Official Athletic SiteUCLA athletes, coaches, alumni and staff share their experiences at the 2012 Olympics. UCLA Men’s Volleyball head coach John Speraw write…
London Log-In – Anna Li (July 28, 2012) – UCLA Official Athletic SiteUCLA athletes, coaches, alumni and staff share their experiences at the 2012 Olympics. Gymnast Anna Li talks about her experience trainin…
London Log-In – July 27, 2012 – UCLA Official Athletic SiteUCLA athletes, coaches, alumni and staff share their experiences at the 2012 Olympics. UCLA Gymnastics Head Coach Valorie Kondos Field an…
London Log-In – July 26, 2012 – UCLA Official Athletic SiteUCLA athletes, coaches, alumni and staff share their experiences at the 2012 Olympics. Hear from UCLA Gymnastics alumna Ariana Berlin, wh…
Jenny Simon-O’Neill is sharing the experience of UC Berkeley’s contingent on her blog.
California Golden Bears – OlympicsJenny’s Journey Jenny Simon-O’Neill, Director of Olympic Sports for Cal Athletics, is on the ground in London and will be providing regul…
Some highlights from today’s action featuring UC competitors includes water polo, swimming and volleyball. Below, Kelly Rulon of UCLA makes a pass for the U.S. women’s water polo team in its win against Hungary.
Four-goal game by @CLKMathewson in @USAWP win was the highlight for #UCLAOlympians today. Today’s recap: Athletics
.@USAWP women def. Hungary 14-13 in Olympic opener. @uclawaterpolo alum @CLKMathewson scored 4 goals, incl. USA’s last 3. Rulon w/ 1 goal.UCLA Athletics
WWP: Coach Klatt and the @USAWP take game one Irvine Athletics
USA Women’s Water Polo with Bears Heather Petri and Elsie Windes win tonight’s game against Hungary 14-13. Go Bears!! #BearsInLondonJenny Simon-O’Neill
Cool photo of Sara Isakovic on the starting block tonight – courtesy of the BBC. #BearsInLondon Simon-O’Neill
Great swim from Caitlin Leverenz who qualified for tomorrow’s final in the 200IM. Go Bears!!!!! #BearsInLondonJenny Simon-O’Neill
Great race today for Kara Kohler and the US Women’s 4x in the rep today – they qualified for the final on Wednesday! #BearsInLondonJenny Simon-O’Neill
#SPOILERALERT in WVB: USA d. Brazil, 3-1. USA v. China, Aug. 1 at noon (live stream), 2 PM on NBC. #EatersinLondon @USCoachMorrison @UCI_WVBUC Irvine Athletics
UC Berkeley alum Dana Vollmer sets a world record and wins gold in the 100-meter fly.
Yeahh…..she broke the world record yesterday …Facebook
I finally got to see my family 🙂 I cried when I hugged them, it’s been such an amazing journey! #fb Vollmer
I’m still shaking with excitement! Just now back in my room trying to fall asleep- what an amazing night! I couldn’t be happier! #fbDana Vollmer
Congrats to @danavollmer for winning the first GOLD medal for Cal in the 100m fly! She decided 2 break the world record while she was at it.Cal Bears
Thank you for everyone’s support!! Gold medal and World Record- I am so excited and proud and everyone helped me get there! #fbDana Vollmer
Nathan Adrian: UC Berkeley grad wins silver 4×100 swimming relay.
First Olympic final 🙂 Adrian
Nathan Adrian and US 4×100 Relay finish with a silver medal tonight behind France. South Africa (w/ Graeme Moore) finishes 5th. Go Bears!Jenny Simon-O’Neill
Competition begins in all sports.
A rush of emotions flowing through me when Canada made history qualifying for team finals! So proud of them and I’m speechless!!!Peng Peng Lee
Good first win. On to the next!Kevin Love
Here is a photo that I took of Golden Bear, Julie Nichols in the Lightweight 2x this morning at Eton Dorney. Simon-O’Neill
#TheArtOfGymnastics display. #London2012 Francis
My view from the stands at last night’s session. 20,000 people! Coughlin
Swimming is about to get started. Check out my blog on to find out when our Bears swim this morning. Go Bears!!Jenny Simon-O’Neill
Go Bears! @CalWCrew: Two Bears racing today for USA. Julie Nichols (LW2x) at 10:50 and Erin Cafaro (W8+) at 11:50 GMT Simon-O’Neill
So happy after our win today!!! And yes @AbbyWambach can and WILL score after a #cheapshot #suckerpunch. #ontothenextoneAlex Morgan
It’s 3-0 for the #USWNT now! Lloyd with a great run and Rapinoe finds her to slot home from 14 yards. #USAvCOLU.S. Soccer WNT
Opening ceremonies: Olympians are taking part or, because they’re competing at other venues or early the next day, watching the festivities from their apartments.
The journey to #openingceremonies #olympics @sheambuckner @clapin01 Mann
….And the Olympic torch is lit!!!! Let the 2012 London Olympics Begin!!!Anna Li
We made it! #london2012 Lapin
Didn’t know he remembered me from UCLA. @russwest44 Bruins in the house! Supercool dude Harper
The Beatles, Stones, Zeppelin, Bowie, Queen, MUSE, and the inventor of the flamin’ internet? Yes, this Opening Ceremony ROCKS! #London2012Anthony Ervin
Bond and Her Majesty brilliant!!! Only the British can pull one that off. Got to love it #proudtobeBritishMark Hunter
I hope everybody is watching the opening ceremony cus this is pretty damn cool #London2012 Moore
Those rings are AMAZING!! Great opening ceremony so far, watching it comfortably on my bean bag chair :)Hannah Wilson
Crop top babay – sneak preview Sonali Merrill
This is it!!!! #OpeningCeremonyMark Hunter
Ready to go! #TeamUSA Petri
Raining at the Opening Ceremonies!Jenny Simon-O’Neill
So cool! RT @JasonLezak: Flyover before opening ceremonies! #London2012
Getting ready: Athletes are still arriving in London, getting their Olympic gear, continuing their training or just relaxing.
Ah my name is part of the Olympic park sign! It’s fate!!! Peng Lee
Caught in the act at the pool this am with @swissdom! Hardy
Got Smoothie? Chillin with @TysonLGay after practice. #Recovery Montaño
I hear our Call Me Maybe video is going to be on the Today Show in a few. Keep your eyes peeled & lmk if u can spot my underwater twirl! #fbJessica Hardy
Call Me Maybe – 2012 USA Olympic Swimming Teamusaswimmingorg
Thanks to our coaches for getting these for us! Li
My British nails!!! Peng Lee
Happy to spent some time with my wife and friends at the Olympic village. @camillaleila @MorganEBeck and @MillerBode Dugonjic
LA Nation Hardy
So nice to meet you @lolojones good luck this upcoming week! @FranklinMissy @LiaNeal Bootsma
Getting my Justin Timberlake on Love
Such a compliment! I was named as one of the top American Olympians of all time by ESPN. Thank you!!!Natalie Coughlin
Loved meeting u this am! Jealous of the twitter handle! 😉 “@alliseeisgold: Me and @PeteIsAGirl at the Today Show!!!”Heather Petri
Follow Shawn and get all her Olympic updates! “@ShawnJohnson: Today on the @TodayShow set!” #London2012Heather Petri
Merrill is UCSD’s accidental OlympianChristine Sonali Merrill was born in Bakersfield and attended tiny Bakersfield Christian High, which at the time operated the school out …
Stadium in background. Look how far away the warmup track is.. Sonali Merrill
Women’s soccer kicks off: UC had players for the United States, Canada and New Zealand.
Great win for us yesterday!! So proud of this team for staying #calmandconfident during those first 15 minutes. #wegotthisAlex Morgan
Congrats to @AlexMorgan13 on her #Olympic debut, scoring 2 goals for USA in their 4-2 victory over France. Roll on Alex! #BearsInLondonCal Bears
Go Team USA!!! #USWNT #soccer #London2012
#UCLAOlympians @laurencheney8 & @sydneyleroux played in Team USA’s Olympic-opening win over France. @cbstewart19 played in Canada’s 1st gameUCLA Athletics
Go Bears! @CalWomensSoccer’s own @alexmorgan13 with the goal for the @ussoccer_wnt to tie it at 2-2 with France #OlympicsJenny Simon-O’Neill
GAME DAY!! USA v France 12pmET on NBC Sports Net. Olympics 2012 is OFFICIALLY here #hellyeah #fbAlex Morgan
Olympics are starting today, New Zealand vs Great Britian… BOOM! All those without TV can watch on @nzolympicsbetsy hassett
Preparation: Training and getting ready for the games to start.
Just finished our Pre game practice… All the #sweatbloodtears shed on the field is for this moment. #olympics2012 #ourtimeisnowAlex Morgan
It’s on!!!!! Barbosa
New Zealand Football Ferns, One sleep to go! about to make history NZ VS GB tomorrow! Tune in #London2012Rosie White
Us old folk stretching it out before practice.Natalie Coughlin
TRACKimmyAlthough almost a month has passed since my storybook 5000m race at the US Olympic Trials in Eugene, in some ways the time, ensuing trave…
Beautiful day in Birmingham, UK at Alexander Stadium. Montaño
Shake out run with @HastyHastings & @Abdi_runs ! We are so lucky for the great weather here in Birmingham. #SunshineAlysia Montaño
Arrival: Athletes get acclimated to England, meet celebrities and move into the Olympic Village
Me, some of my teammates & @RyanSeacrest chatting on the Today Show.nataliecoughlin
I just geeked out, had to take a pic meeting @RyanSeacrest Hardy
Natalie and her childhood idol! #DreamsComeTrue RT @NatalieCoughlin: Me & @SummerSanders_ @ London 2012 Olympic Village Olympic Team
Zen. Leroux
My Olympic #London2012 album cover 🙂 Meichtry
Walk n stretch on #LO2012’s true opening day! #footballferns r ready and pumped! #bringontheheat (bex) smith
Got beat by @swissdom at giant lawn jengaswimhardy
The Olympic Torch! Leroux
Me & Wenlocknataliecoughlin
How do we look @BrookeAnderson ??? @ChayLapin @Sheabuckner #TeamUSA #Theinsider Mann
I love my Bruin. #thebackbreakpose Leroux
Made it to the village! Everything seems real now!!!! Couldn’t be more exited!Rachel Bootsma
The village is unbelievable. I am the happiest person in the world right now! #fbJessica Hardy
Arrived! #athletevillage Sonali Merrill
HOME SWEET (VILLAGE) HOME @ London 2012 Athlete’s Village Coughlin
Minha cama nos proximos 10 dias!!! Barbosa
First thing I see when I wake up! #ilovemynieceandnephew Petri

The Summer Olympics are a big event, and UC had about 100 alumni, students or coaches participating. We used Storify to document their experience.