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New Jersey Olympians Earn Gold At Summer Games

The Olympics are over for the more than 10,000 athletes who completed in London, including 20 from here in New Jersey.

The United States women's soccer team celebrates with the the gold medal
The United States women's soccer team celebrates with the the gold medal (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Clearly there were highlights for the Garden State contingent but it would be hard to top what the U.S. Women’s Soccer team accomplished with a quartet of Jersey Girls.

Delran’s Carli Lloyd saved her best for when it counted the most as she scored both goals in a thrilling gold medal victory over Japan.

FULL COVERAGE: 2012 Summer Olympics



East Brunswick native Heather O’Reilly came up with huge assist to help the Americans reach the finals and of course there was the steady play of Captain Christie Rampone, a former star at Point Pleasant Borough High School and Monmouth University. At age 37 and the mother of two Rampone’s soccer future is up in the air although she has not ruled out sticking around until the World Cup in 2014.

The fourth member of the New Jersey group was Tobin Heath of Basking Ridge.

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From an individual standpoint these were a wonderful couple of weeks for Rebecca Soni and Jordan Burroughs. Plainsboro’s Soni set the world record twice while winning gold in the 200-meter breaststroke. She also won a silver in the 100-meter breaststroke and added a relay gold in the 4×100 medley.

Burroughs, the pride of Sicklerville, won a freestyle wrestling gold medal at 163 pounds and vowed to add another in four years. The former Winslow Township and Nebraska star also pocketed a cool $250,000 from USA Wrestling for his triumph in London.

Browns Mills native Matt Emmons added another shooting medal to ones he had collected in 2004 and 2008, swimmer Cullen Jones of Irvington came away with individual silver and relay silver and Maya Lawrence of Teaneck collected a bronze fencing medal in the women’s team epee


Click each name to read each athlete’s bio

Jordan Burroughs Wrestling Camden N.J. Sicklerville
Julie Culley Distance runner Harrisburg Pa. Lebanon
Rachael Dawson Field Hockey Camden NJ Berlin
Nick Delpopolo Judo Niksic Montenegro Westfield
Matt Emmons Shooting Mt. Holly N.J. Brown Mills
Steven Gluckstein Gymnastics Red Bank N.J. Atlantic Highlands
Tobin Heath Soccer Morristown N.J. Basking Ridge
Connor Jaeger Swimming Hackensack N.J. Fair Haven
Ashia Jones Basketball Piscataway N.J. Piscataway
Cullen Jones Swimming Bronx N.Y. New Brunswick
Steve Kasprzyk Rowing Willingboro N.J. Cinnaminson
Maya Lawrence Fencing Teaneck N.J. Teaneck
Carli Lloyd Soccer Marlton N.J. Delran
Christina McHale Tennis Teaneck N.J. Englewood Cliffs
Heather O’Reilly Soccer New Brunswick N.J. East Brunswick
Jeff Porter Athletics Summit N.J. Somerset
Christie Rampone Soccer Ft. Lauderdale Fla. Pt. Pleasant
Rebecca Soni Swimming Freehold N.J. Plainsboro
Michelle Vittese Field Hockey Philadelphia Pa. Cherry Hill
Dagmara Wozniak Fencing Wroclaw Poland Avenel



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