Meet the New Jersey Olympians, Part 1

By Jordan Tyler

The Olympic Games are almost here! We have plenty of Americans participating for gold in Rio, but we also have a lot of people from right in our own backyard making the trip!

One of the bigger names in the summer Olympics is Jordan Burroughs. The wrestler from Sicklerville called his shot in the 2012 Olympic Games, saying he will win gold and he did just that. He’s planning to bring home the gold again. His favorite saying is “All I see is gold.” His win earned him $250,000. He said he has a lot of wrestling left in him and he wants to be the best at it. In a few weeks, he’ll get a chance to prove it.

Kyrie Irving also makes the list. He is from West Orange and has a shot at winning an NBA title and an Olympic gold in the same year. He played college basketball for Duke University, was the 2011-12 NBA Rookie of the Year and the 2004 NBA All-star MVP. The 24-year-old is really excited about this opportunity to compete for his country.

Track runner Ajee Wilson, from Neptune Township also made the team. She won gold medals in the 800 meters and both the 2011 World Youth Championships and 2012 World Junior Championships. The 22-year-old is also a two-time USA Indoor Champion and also won the 2014 USA Outdoor Championship

Another New Jersey athlete that is participating in the Olympics is gymnast Laurie Hernandez from Old Bridge. She amazed the crowed at the Olympic trials with her floor routine. She is also the first American of Hispanic descent to earn a spot on the Olympic team. After ballet didn’t work for her when she was younger, all she wanted to do was do was gymnastics. She works through injuries and is determined to do what she needs to do to get the job done. The 16-year-old has done a great job recovering from a fractured wrist and dislocated right knee cap in 2014.

Tobin is also making the trip to Rio. She is already a two-time Olympic gold medalist who plays for the United States women’s soccer team. She is going for the hat-trick at the age of 28. She, along with another New Jersey native Carli Lloyd, are going to be some of the biggest leaders on and off the field for the Americans.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of our New Jerseyans in the Olympics post!