LA to London: KPCC's coverage of the 2012 Olympics

LA to London: KPCC's coverage of the 2012 Olympics

KPCC reporters have been tracking Southland athletes as they prepare to head to London for the Olympic games. Our “L.A.-to-London" series will continue that coverage by exploring local connections to the 2012 Summer Olympics. Follow the series on Twitter at #latolondon.

As Olympics draw to a close hundreds of athletes ask: Now what?

After three weeks of blood, sweat and endless galleries of gold-medal tears, the Olympics are winding down on Sunday, leaving hundreds of athletes asking the same question: now what?

Olympic athletes in the limelight, and the tabloids

Throughout these 2012 Olympic Games, we’ve heard many stories, stories griping about NBC’s coverage, stories of hope and praise for those athletes who’ve overcome adversity to compete, and stories of controversy surrounding possible acts of cheating. But there has also been a plethora of stories with a very tabloid-esque spin.

SoCal Olympic swimmer travels to London to combat athlete abuse

A Southern California woman who swam in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics traveled to this year's London games to throw a spotlight on an issue close to her heart: the abuse of athletes by coaches, a problem she has been fighting through Safe4Athletes, a nonprofit organization she founded last year.

After 3rd try, LA County sprinter Allyson Felix claims first Olympic gold

In London Wednesday, Santa Clarita native Allyson Felix scored an Olympic gold medal in the women’s 200-meter sprint. Her winning time: 21.88 seconds.

Women's water polo gets first gold medal after an 8-5 win over Spain

The United States won its first gold medal ever in women's water polo on Thursday — thanks in part to a team leader from the Golden State.

Update: Photos of the Olympic Women's Beach Volleyball winners

The American-on-American, Californian vs. Californian Olympic Women's Volleyball championship ended in a hat trick as Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor took the gold.

Serena Williams: Should an Olympic champion do the Crip Walk?

Serena Williams has her haters, mostly because of stuff like this. But the outrage in the wake of Williams' "Crip Walk" celebration after winning the gold medal on Saturday is a little different.

Southern Californian Olympians rack up medals in London

Dozens of London Olympians have Southland roots. If Southern California were its own Olympics team, it would be ahead of many countries in the medal count.

Americans live up to the hype as US wins 1st Olympic gold in women's team gymnastics since 1996

The Americans grabbed hands and backed up, eager to get a better view of the scoreboard, but there was no need. That Olympic gold medal was in the bag the minute they took the floor.

Olympics 2012: West Adams memorabilia collection is one of best in the world

One of the world’s best collections of Olympic memorabilia is housed on the grounds of a stately mansion in L.A.’s West Adams neighborhood.

El Monte woman earns Olympic skeet shooting gold, 1st American to medal in 5 consecutive Olympics

El Monte resident Kimberly Rhode, 33, won the gold medal in skeet shooting Sunday. She set an Olympic record by hitting 99 out of 100 targets, and she brought the audience in London to its feet.

NBC fail? A look at the first weekend of the Olympics

#NBCFail — that's the Twitter hashtag critics of NBC's Olympics coverage are using. In the age of social media, NBC now has millions of television critics who make their opinions known about every aspect of Olympics coverage instantly.

Southern California Olympics fans embrace NBC coverage increase

The Los Angeles area is the second largest media market in the country, so NBC is counting on lots of Southland residents to watch the Olympics. The network’s delivering coverage in the United States in more ways than ever before to satisfy Olympics fans' craving.

The Southland heads to London

Commerce's unlikely Olympic water polo star

Three-time Olympian Brenda Villa 5-foot-4 frame is compact. Her hands are tiny. She's the only Mexican-American on the Olympic water polo team, and at 32, she's also one of the the oldest.

The art and science behind the sound of the Olympics

The average television viewer of the Olympic Games may not think about the details of recording audio for sports, but rest assured it is an intricate art form that requires finesse and some creative touches. In other words, not everything you hear through your television set is ‘real sound.’

Past, present, and future Olympians share Santa Clarita track

Along a stretch of track at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, Olympic legends and hopefuls train side by side. The space is a haven for Southland Olympians, bringing past, present and future track stars together.

Yes, race walking is an Olympic sport

John Nunn, who's 34 and lives in Bonsall, a small community in northern San Diego County, is the only American competitor in the 50 kilometer race walk in London.

Olympics spark patriotism in Southland Brits

By one count there are about 250,000 British expatriates living in Southern California. For many of them, the London Olympic Games are sparking national pride amid some tough times in their home country.

US Olympic Committee gets a dressing-down for China-made uniforms

Iconic American designer Ralph Lauren, who arguably embodies the nations “spacious skies” and “amber waves of grain,” was tapped to design official uniforms for this year’s U.S. Olympic team, as he was in 2008.

SoCal gymnast Kyla Ross brings poise, nerves of steel to London Olympics

Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo is part of the strongest U.S. women's team in recent memory with a great shot at beating its closest rivals, China, Russia and Romania. Ross, who has been competing since age 5, says she's ready for the biggest meet of her life.

Arcadia teenager Erica Wu dreams of Olympic qualification

Erica Wu, a 15-year-old high school student, belongs to a new wave of U.S.-born teens who are upending the national table tennis scene. For decades, the top U.S. players were originally from China, where table tennis earns fanfare comparable to the NFL in the U.S..

LA City Council, British Consulate salute the 2012 London Olympics

The L.A. City Council joined forces with the British Consulate Monday to give a tip of the hat to London's 2012 Olympics. An audience of ambassadors and journalists gathered at the main entrance of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as ambassadors and councilmen took to the podium to pay tribute the Games.

Swimmer Janet Evans seeks Olympics return

Sixteen years after her retirement, Janet Evans is back in the pool. Evans reunited with long-time coach Mark Schubert to try to make a comeback at the age of 40. She trains with his team at Golden West College in Huntington Beach.