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California’s Olympic Gold

July, 27, 2012
California high school sportsESPNHSTulare's Bob Mathias was on the cover of the fourth edition of the state record book.
It’s not been since 1996 when a California high school student received a gold medal at the Summer Olympics. This year, a gymnast could join the list. One of those last ones also is back at the Olympics this year.

There are four girls who attend California high schools who will be competing in the 2012 London Olympics, which open officially on Friday.

The three who are table tennis players – junior Ariel Hsing from Valley Christian of San Jose and sophomores Lily Zhang (Palo Alto) and Erica Wu (Westridge, Pasadena) – are not expected to reach the medal stand, but freshman gymnast Kayla Ross from Aliso Niguel of Aliso Viejo (who will be a sophomore in the fall) has a good chance to win gold as a member of the U.S. team.

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