As the Olympic Games play out 6,600 miles away, many of the athletes’ longtime supporters, coaches and competitors living in the Lake Tahoe region watch with a sense of pride.

If the bobsled seems an odd place for a Central California native to end up, Nick Cunningham understands.

The Bee’s Matt Kawahara profiles athletes in the Winter Olympics who have ties to Northern California

Radzinski will help U.S. women’s hockey team that will compete for gold medal in Sochi Games

Many viewing opportunities exist for followers of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, including live television and streaming, tape-delayed broadcasts and post-event videos. Here's a rundown.

Concerned by a major development proposal, a group of Squaw Valley activists say they have more than enough signatures needed to start the process of turning the tiny ski resort community into the new city of Olympic Valley.

The United States Golf Association wanted to make a splash in its selection of sites for the new U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship announced earlier this year.

Facing a wave of criticism from around the world, International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge will meet with the head of wrestling's governing body to discuss ways the sport can fight to save its place in the Olympics.

When Gabby Douglas allowed herself to dream of being the Olympic champion, she imagined having a nice little dinner with family and friends to celebrate. Maybe she'd make an appearance here and there.

Back from the Olympics, Granite Bay native Haley Anderson popped in to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Roseville, on Thursday to show her silver medal to children and medical staff, sign autographs and pose for photos.

Here's a name that should be painted on the entrance of every gym, weight room and playing field where serious athletes train and play: Nadzeya Ostapchuk.

Michael Dokes, a former World Boxing Association heavyweight champion, has died. He was 54.

Just hours after the close of the Olympics, a female shot putter from Belarus was stripped of her gold Monday in the first case of an athlete losing a medal for doping at the London Games.

Britain bid a lyrical farewell to the Olympics on Sunday in a manner reflective of the way the host country embraced these Games for the past two weeks: With a bit of self-deprecation, an exhibition of national pride and a genuine desire to show the world a good time.

It'll be hard to forget Queen Elizabeth II – actually a stunt double – parachuting into Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony and a video of John Lennon singing "Imagine" during Sunday night's finale.

Jake Varner learned to wrestle in Bakersfield. From his father, Steve. From his cousin, Andy, who coached Jake to two California high school championships and who still coaches at Bakersfield High School.

Despite the anticipation of inevitable victory for the NBA-stocked U.S. men's basketball team before the London Olympics, there were ample reminders nothing is assured as the team entered its gold-medal game Sunday at North Greenwich Arena.

Dave Barry has been filing dispatches from the London Olympics. Here are some excerpts:

Usain Bolt enlarged his legend Saturday with some good old-fashioned work.

If you're a fan of NBA veterans dominating the Olympics, it looks like you'll have at least one more Summer Games to enjoy the United States whipping all comers.

While the latest version of the Dream Team is headed toward another gold medal, the Los Angeles Lakers are putting together their own dream team.

What Carmelita Jeter could not do on her own, she did with her teammates.

The U.S. men's basketball team had just crushed Argentina 109-83 in the Olympic semifinal Friday night with its high-octane offense, smothering defense and athleticism.

It looks like a mismatch of Olympic-size proportion.

Granite Bay's Haley Anderson and Hungary's Eva Risztov have developed quite a rivalry this summer in women's open water swimming.

Things got a little chippy in the United States' 126-97 victory over Argentina on Monday when Carmelo Anthony was hit in the groin while taking a three-point shot late in the game.

Instead of one victory lap, Ashton Eaton got four.

Usain Bolt heard all the talk.

The most decorated Olympians in beach volleyball history ended their storied partnership Wednesday with a gold medal, a sandy embrace and the most exuberant bikini-clad victory dance the iconic Horse Guards Parade had ever seen.

What look was supposed to sweep across Allyson Felix's face once she realized what transpired Wednesday night, when Americans won medals in rapid succession on the track? Astonishment or joy? Relief or bliss? All of it rolled into one?

Like many soccer fans in the area, longtime youth coach Danny Cruz wishes he were in London today for the women's gold-medal match between the United States and Japan.

The finish to Aly Raisman's Olympics was so much more fabulous than the start.

First they told him to leave. Then they invited him back.

After the U.S. men's basketball team dispatches Australia today (2:15 p.m., NBCSN, 1320) and Argentina beats Brazil, they'll play in Friday's semifinals.

Kim Conley, a former standout at UC Davis and a member of the Sacramento Running Association's Elite Team, ran a personal best Tuesday in her 5,000 meters qualifying heat but failed to advance to Friday's final.

Mainstream America has always viewed soccer much like the metric system.

For the first time before a big meet, Jenn Suhr heard a positive message from her husband, Rick, who's also her coach.

Chris Paul said the United States didn't plan to build its offense around Kevin Durant in the third quarter of Monday's game against Argentina. It's just that it would have been foolish to try anything else.

See what LeBron James said after the U.S. men's basketball team nearly lost to Lithuania on Saturday?

McKayla Maroney's tears melted her makeup and made her voice shake.

Oscar Pistorius marches into Olympic Stadium with a limping gait of an old man, and the only thing you see, the only place you look, the only thing that matters, are his legs.

It is not the American way for an athlete to bid farewell from the top of the mountain. There is always one more season, one more challenge, one more contract.

Hey, NBC, some folks have lives – jobs, families, obligations – so they're relying on you to provide the best of the Olympics each night.

The United States never longed so much for Nigeria.

Lawmakers are getting into the Olympic spirit, too, introducing legislation to exempt U.S. athletes from paying taxes on the bonuses they receive when they win a medal.

Even Michael Phelps seemed to see the night for what it was: a goodbye party for him and a hello to a new generation. It was a rare night when Phelps swam, dominated and even made a little history yet was not the biggest story line. He might not have even been the second-biggest story line, for that matter.

A few hours after the U.S. men's boxing team thought it was done at the Olympics, amateur boxing's governing body decided Errol Spence deserved to fight on.

Clad in a white judo uniform and snug, black headcovering, 16-year-old Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani stepped onto a judo mat here Friday to enthusiastic applause after being introduced as "the first woman ever from Saudi Arabia!"

The face you're going to see everywhere now has a smile that can win over a crowd and an exuberance they might put on a Wheaties box. This is the best gymnast in the world, a 16-year-old from Virginia who left her family to pursue a dream in Des Moines, Iowa. What a dream it turned out to be, too.

Barring an upset of historic proportions, the United States will win a 14th Olympic gold medal in men's basketball next week in London.

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