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August 5, 2016

New Jersey is sending a large contingent to the Rio Olympics, with 29 athletes currently on the roster. They consist of 16 women and 13 men.

The youngest is 16-year-old Laurie Hernandez, from Old Bridge, who made the high-profile women’s gymnastics team and is considered a possible break-out star.

The oldest is Matt Emmons, 35, competing in shooting for his fourth Olympics.

The best known New Jersey athlete is Carli Lloyd, 34, of Delran, a leader of the U.S. women’s soccer team. As World Cup champions, they are the favorite in these games. Tobin Heath, 28, from Basking Ridge, is another midfielder on the team.

Keturah Orji, 20 from Mount Olive, is a favorite in the triple jump. Kelsi Worrell, 22, of Westampton, and Jennifer Wu, 26 of Fort Lee, are also expected to win medals in swimming and table tennis, respectively.

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