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July 27, 2012

New Jersey is represented by 20 athletes on the U.S. 2012 Olympic team, including four members of the women’s soccer team, three members of the swimming team, and two members each of track and field, also known as Athletics, fencing, and field hockey teams.

The most famous New Jersey Olympian may be 2008 gold medalist Cullen Jones from Irvington, New Jersey; but he is joined by gold and silver shooting medalist Matt Emmons from Brown Mills; two-time women’s soccer gold medalist Heather O’Reilly of East Brunswick; and Christie Rampone of Point Pleasant. Women’s soccer players Tobin Heath of Basking Ridge and Carli Lloyd of Delran are also former gold medal winners.

The youngest New Jersey Olympian is 20-year-old tennis player Christina McHale of Englewood Cliffs and the oldest is four-time Olympian Rampone, who is 37. There are 12 women and eight men on the team. Other female New Jersey athletes include basketball forward Asjha Jones of Piscataway, long-distance runner Julie Culley of Lebanon, fencers Maya Lawrence of Teaneck and Damara Wozniak of Avenel, field hockey players Michelle Vittese of Cherry Hill and Rachel Dawson of Berlin, as well as swimmer Rebecca Soni of Plainsboro.

The remaining male athletes include hurdler Jeff Porter of Somerset, gymnast Steven Gluckstein of Highlands, judo competitor Nick Delpopolo of Westfield, rower Steve Kasprzyk of Cinnaminson, swimmer Connor Jaeger of Fair Haven ,and wrestler Jordan Burroughs of Sicklerville.

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