The London 2012 Olympic games have come and gone but New Jersey came out on top. In the biggest sporting event in the world New Jersey was well represented and proved that some of the best athletes in the world are from the garden state.
During the summer games many of team USA’s athletes won gold and broke world records along the way. Many of those athletes who represented the US and the garden state competed in the pool, on the wrestling mat, on the soccer field, and on the Basketball court just to name a few.
Some of the athletes who represented the garden state at London were Rebecca Soni and Cullen Jones. During the swimming portion of the Olympics, Soni a jersey native from Freehold, captured two gold medals in the4x100m team medley and the 200m breaststroke along with a new world record. Soni also captured silver in the 100m breaststroke. Cullen Jones from Irvington also captured gold in the pool in the 4x100m team medley. Along with the gold, Jones also captured two silver medals.
Over on the soccer field, Christie Rampone won her third consecutive gold medal with the US women’s soccer team, in her fourth Olympic games. Rampone a Point Pleasant native has represented the garden state in her four Olympic performances as well as the past four FIFA Women’s World Cups.
Jordan Burroughs from Camden also brought back the gold medal to the garden state after he won the 74kg freestyle wrestling event in London. Burroughs has won at many International meets. Heading into the Olympics, Burroughs went in as the world champion.
Over on the Basketball court, team USA had a jersey representative as well. In the gold medal winning women’s basketball was Asjha Jones of Piscataway. Jones was part of the undefeated women’s basketball team in London. Jones also happens to be a two-time WNBA all-star.
Team USA left London winning several events and on top of the medal count. Team USA came out winning, and so did New Jersey. With 19 athletes representing the US a part of the Olympic team were from the Garden State. It goes to show that the world’s best athletes come from New Jersey.