There won’t be anyone from New Jersey — or anywhere else for that matter — sitting in the stands at the Tokyo Olympics, which begin on July 23. But the coronavirus lockdown isn’t keeping Garden State athletes out of the competition. A total of 24 Olympians hail from here. Among them are world-class competitors in men’s basketball, women’s soccer, track and field, equestrian, baseball, women’s rowing, judo, swimming and other sports.
The U.S. Olympic fencing team has a sizable New Jersey component, who make up 20% of the team. They are Dagmara Wozniak (Avanel), Jackie Dubrovich (Riverdale), Khalil and Kamali Thompson (Teaneck), Alen Hadzic (Montclair) and Francesca Russo (Wayne).
While there’s not enough room on the winners’ platform to accommodate all the fencers, here’s hoping that all New Jersey athletes come home with medals — and enough great memories to last at least until the next Olympics.
Gov. Phil Murphy name-checked all the New Jersey Olympians at his Monday coronavirus briefing.