The Olympics are over for the more than 10,000 athletes who completed in London, including 20 from here in New Jersey.

Clearly there were highlights for the Garden State contingent but it would be hard to top what the U.S. Women’s Soccer team accomplished with a quartet of Jersey Girls.

Delran’s Carli Lloyd saved her best for when it counted the most as she scored both goals in a thrilling gold medal victory over Japan.

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East Brunswick native Heather O’Reilly came up with huge assist to help the Americans reach the finals and of course there was the steady play of Captain Christie Rampone, a former star at Point Pleasant Borough High School and Monmouth University. At age 37 and the mother of two Rampone’s soccer future is up in the air although she has not ruled out sticking around until the World Cup in 2014.

The fourth member of the New Jersey group was Tobin Heath of Basking Ridge.

From an individual standpoint these were a wonderful couple of weeks for Rebecca Soni and Jordan Burroughs. Plainsboro’s Soni set the world record twice while winning gold in the 200-meter breaststroke. She also won a silver in the 100-meter breaststroke and added a relay gold in the 4x100 medley.

Burroughs, the pride of Sicklerville, won a freestyle wrestling gold medal at 163 pounds and vowed to add another in four years. The former Winslow Township and Nebraska star also pocketed a cool $250,000 from USA Wrestling for his triumph in London.

Browns Mills native Matt Emmons added another shooting medal to ones he had collected in 2004 and 2008, swimmer Cullen Jones of Irvington came away with individual silver and relay silver and Maya Lawrence of Teaneck collected a bronze fencing medal in the women’s team epee


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Jordan BurroughsWrestlingCamdenN.J.Sicklerville
Julie CulleyDistance runnerHarrisburgPa.Lebanon
Rachael DawsonField HockeyCamdenNJBerlin
Nick DelpopoloJudoNiksicMontenegroWestfield
Matt EmmonsShootingMt. HollyN.J.Brown Mills
Steven GlucksteinGymnasticsRed BankN.J.Atlantic Highlands
Tobin HeathSoccerMorristownN.J.Basking Ridge
Connor JaegerSwimmingHackensackN.J.Fair Haven
Ashia JonesBasketballPiscatawayN.J.Piscataway
Cullen JonesSwimmingBronxN.Y.New Brunswick
Steve KasprzykRowingWillingboroN.J.Cinnaminson
Maya LawrenceFencingTeaneckN.J.Teaneck
Carli LloydSoccerMarltonN.J.Delran
Christina McHaleTennisTeaneckN.J.Englewood Cliffs
Heather O'ReillySoccerNew BrunswickN.J.East Brunswick
Jeff PorterAthleticsSummitN.J.Somerset
Christie RamponeSoccerFt. LauderdaleFla.Pt. Pleasant
Rebecca SoniSwimmingFreeholdN.J.Plainsboro
Michelle VitteseField HockeyPhiladelphiaPa.Cherry Hill
Dagmara WozniakFencingWroclawPolandAvenel