The Chron issued a special section highlighting the Olympic Games and focusing on local Olympians–including Cal alumni and students.

Past and present Cal athletes competing for the United States in Beijing total 14. (And Stanford? 31.) The Chron is banking on basketball star Jason Kidd, softball playa Vicky Galindo and swim pro Natalie Coughlin to bring home the glory if they have the mettle. All three are Bay Area locals and tough Golden Bears.

Cal is also alma mater to many other athletes competing for other countries, from exotic Canada to Slovenia to Brazil to Philippines. Quick, how do you say “Go Bears” in Tagalog?

Friday marks the opening ceremony for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, when a whole world of astounding athletes parade around for millions of viewers. Read up on your local sports stars, and don’t forget to support your fellow Bear … even if he’s repping Switzerland.

Beijing 2008: The Locals/Olympic Athletes With Local Connections [Chron]
Four from S.F. among 68 area sure things, long shots [Chron]