They've put in innumerable hours of sweat, blood and tears to get where they are today.
They are among the best of the best and are ready to prove their mettle. There are 529 athletes from 45 states that will represent the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
They are competing in events as diverse as athletics, fencing, rowing, soccer and basketball. For everyone, from swimmer Connor Jaeger, of Fair Haven, and Katie Ledecky, 15, to 54-year-old equestrian jumper Karen O’Connor, these games represent the culmination of all the hard work and dedication they've put in to win the coveted medal.
It's time to meet the Olympians from the Garden State.
Here are a few quick facts about your Olympians:
Julie Culley, 30, of Lebanon
Jeff Porter, 26, of Somerset
Asjha Jones, 31, of Piscataway
Maya Lawrence, 31, of Teaneck
Dagmara Wozniak, 24, of Avenel
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Michelle Vittese, 22, of Cherry Hill
Rachel Dawson, 26, of Berlin
Steven Gluckstein, 22, of Highlands
Nick Delpopolo, 23, of Westfield
Steve Kasprzyk, 30, of Cinnaminson
Matt Emmons, 31, of Brown Mills
Tobin Heath, 24, of Basking Ridge
Carli Lloyd, 29, of Delran
Heather O’Reilly, 27, of East Brunswick
Christie Rampone, 37, of Point Pleasant
Connor Jaeger, 21, of Fair Haven
Cullen Jones, 28, of Irvington
Rebecca Soni, 25, of Plainsboro
Christina McHale, 20, of Englewood Cliffs
Jordan Burroughs, 24, of Sicklerville
Looking for a way to celebrate the Olympics locally? You can find local events for Olympic Fun Day on July 28 on the Let’s Move website, which has a page about how to set up your own local Olympics.
Also check out our Directory and Events Calendar for listings of places where you can learn and participate in sports ranging from basketball to karate, gymnastics, swimming and more.