New Jersey has been ready — along with the rest of the world — to again cheer on our hometown Olympic athletes.

Trials to qualify for various events at the summer games in Paris, France, have now been winding down.

Among them, NJ track star Athing Mu suffered a heartbreaking moment.

Athing Mu during U.S. 800M trial (via NBCNEWYORK.COM)
Athing Mu during U.S. 800M trial (via NBCNEWYORK.COM)

The Trenton native got caught up in a tight pack of runners during the 800 meter race and fell.

She was ultimately shutout from heading to the games in the event for which she won gold in Tokyo.

Athing Mu after stumbling in US 800M trial (NBCNEWYORK.COM)
Athing Mu after stumbling in U.S. 800M trial (NBCNEWYORK.COM)

Fellow runner, New York native Alysia Montano, knew the heartache all too well, as she suffered the same fate eight years earlier in the same event, according to NBC News.

During live coverage of the trials, Montano said "the race is brutal sometimes. It's two laps, a tight race and everyone's feeling scrappy to try to figure out what position they want to get into," NBC New York reported.

Mu won her second gold medal in Tokyo as part of the women's 4x400 team — and she could still possibly head to Paris as part of the relay team, according to NBC.

Nia Ali, women's 100 meter hurdles, June 28, 2024 in Oregon ( Christian PetersenGetty Images)
Nia Ali, women's 100 meter hurdles, June 28, 2024 in Oregon ( Christian PetersenGetty Images)

Another wrenching moment for an athlete from NJ happened as the track and field trials wrapped.

Nia Ali graduated from Pleasantville High School in 2006 and was a silver medalist at the 2016 Olympics in Rio in the women's 100m hurdles.

She just missed qualifying for the Paris Games in the final round of the trials, trailing by .06-seconds.

NJ athletes bound for Paris Olympics

Equestrian Jessica Springsteen took a silver medal with the three-rider jumping team in Tokyo.

The daughter of rock stars, Bruce Springsteen and wife Patti Scialfa, was on the short list announced in April, but did not get picked to head to her second Olympics in Paris.

The following are more than 20 NJ athletes or with NJ roots, who have clinched spots on the U.S. roster for Paris.

Look for these NJ athletes at the Paris Olympics

There will be lots of NJ ties in Paris for the Olympic games this summer, running July 26 through Aug. 11 — with events airing on NBC and online at

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