Lakers Honor Gold Medalists

The Los Angeles Lakers invited all gold medalists who reside in Southern California from the 2012 Olympics in London.

Those honored during the halftime ceremony include:

Track & Field

Allyson Felix: A native of Santa Clarita and a graduate of USC, Felix notched her first Olympic gold medal in the 200-meter event, along with gold medals in the 4×100 relay and 4×400 relay events.

Carmelita Jeter: Set the record for most NCAA medals by a Cal State Dominguez Hills track athlete, and was part of the 4×100 relay team that set a world record (40.82 seconds).

Jeneba Tarmoh: An All-American at Texas A&M University and a resident of San Jose, Tarmoh was part of the 4×100 relay team, too.

DeeDee Trotter: Born in Twenty Nine Palms, Calif., Trotter competed on the 4×400 relay team, along with Felix, that won the gold medal.

Keshia Baker: A native of Los Angeles, Baker competed on the 4×400 relay team, along with Felix and Trotter.


Rebecca Soni: A graduate of USC, Soni set a world record in the 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2:19:59. She also competed on the women’s 4×100 medley team that clocked in at 3:52:05, a world record, too.

Eric Shantaeau: Part of the 4×100-meter medley relay team in the breaststroke competition.


Esther Lofgren: A native of Long Beach and a graduate of Harvard University, Lofgren was part of a eight-person rowing crew that took home the gold medal.

Skeet Shooting

Kim Rhode: Born in Whittier, Rhode won the gold medal in skeet shooting, tying a world record with a score of 99.


Kyla Ross: Was part of the gold medal-winning U.S. team nicknamed the “Fierce Five.” She currently attends Aliso Niguel High.

Women’s Water Polo

Kami Craig, Courtney Mathewson, Heather Petri, Kelly Rulon, Brenda Villa, Lauren Wenger and Tumualalil Anae all helped the USA defeat Spain 8-5.

Women’s Soccer

Shannon Boxx, Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan, Amy Rodriguez, Abby Wambach, Kelley O’Hara led the USA to a 2-1 victory over Japan.