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Concerts rock the garden state and Rio’s closing ceremony concludes the Weekend Recap

By Ryan Hickey

The last dwindling days of summer have been nothing sort of beautiful. August has been gracing New Jersey with heat, sunshine, and fun. Here’s what you missed is weekend:

Friday, August 19th

Two very different artists came to entertain NJ on Friday night. Kristin Chenoweth performed at The Borgata Music Box in Atlantic City, NJ. She shared a post on Instagram after the show hyping up AC night 2. Black Sabbath rocked the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ. The Prince of Darkness (Ozzy Osborne) knows how to slay the show.

Wonderful night at the @borgataac… Excited for round 2 tonight, Atlantic City!

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Thank you Camden!

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Saturday, August 20th

#americankids @mlstadium

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Kenny Chesney was in the Garden State this weekend. Adorable Sam Hunt opened. 56,292 fans piled into MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ for the Spread the Love Tour. He shared a photo on Instagram of enthusiastic fans smiling, screaming, and waving the flag proud captioning it, #americankids. He described the audience as, “Magic.” We agree, Chesney.

@mlstadium…. 56,292 of you. Magic. photo cred: Jill Trunnell

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Sunday, August 21st

It’s carnival time! ???#Olympics #closingceremony #RioToTokyo

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The Rio Olympic games closed with a bang for the USA. We finished with a total of 121 medals with China and Great Britain following behind with 70 and 67. 46 of the 121 medals were gold, 37 silver, and 38 bronze. The US athletes are truly number one. New Jersey’s women’s all around gymnastics gold medalist Laurie Hernandez (Old Bridge) shared a picture at the closing ceremony on Instagram with track and field Olympian Sydney McLaughlin (New Brunswick) with the caption, “Jerseyyyyyyyyy!” We are proud of you, girl! GO NJ! USA USA USA!

Jerseyyyyyyyyy!

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The Breakfast of NJ Champions

It’s an Olympic year and it’s inevitable to wonder how the world’s top athletes maintain their health and physique. Seriously, the bodies of some athletes are insane. It’s safe to say that breakfast has to do with it – it is the most important meal of the day, right?

But what is it that these athletes consume each morning that allows them to succeed in their careers?

Take Michael Phelps, perhaps the greatest Olympian ever, for example. After his record-breaking performances in the 2008 Olympics, he revealed that of his 12,000 calorie-a- day diet, breakfast makes up 4,000 of those calories. This appears inhumane, but it’s obviously paid off for him.

Though their diets (and appetites) may not be as plentiful, here is what some of #NJ’s Olympic athletes have for breakfast each morning when preparing to represent the United States (and the #GardenState) at the games over in Rio de Janeiro.

Monica Aksamit, Matawan – Fencing

Who would think that a 26-year-old Fencer likes to indulge in tiramisu the first thing in the morning? Whether or not this is a normal occurrence is unknown, but hey, who said dessert for breakfast was bad?  

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It’s actually on the rise and isn’t too complicated to prepare.

Laurie Hernandez, Old Bridge – Gymnastics

The 16-year-old first year senior gymnast achieved overnight superstardom when she was named to the women’s team for gymnastics. She starts her day off with oatmeal and some sort of fruit and then eats half a cereal bar in the middle of her morning training to hold her in for a few more hours.

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Carli Lloyd, Delran – Soccer

The 34-year-old Soccer superstar is very specific about her diet and takes it seriously. For breakfast, she typically has three egg whites with half of an avocado, Greek yogurt, low-sugar granola and a fruit that is in season, the best time to consume fruit. Find out what’s currently in season here.

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The Big Blue, Blink-182, and Some Brilliant Olympians: Weekend Recap

New Jersey refused to let the harsh heat wave and nasty storms crash its party! Here’s what happened in our favorite state this weekend.

Friday August 12th

It was complete chaos at MetLife Stadium as the New York Giants “kicked off” the weekend with their game against the Miami Dolphins. Bad storms resulted in an hour-long rain delay before the game even started as well as some soaking wet fans. However, Mother Nature proved herself not to be a complete inconvenience when the storms left a vibrant rainbow over the stadium.

Saturday August 13th

New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh posted a video on his Instagram of him and a few of his teammates goofing around and turning up in their shared house in Jersey City. The video went viral over the weekend, reaching over 69,500 views in just 48 hours, and the number is still rising! If you want to watch your favorite players jump into a pool while wearing flag pants or hit a TV with a baseball bat, check out the video below!

Y'all know what day it is… #SaturdaysAreForTheBoys #RipHarambe @barstool_sports @saturdaysare4theboys ??

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NJ native English Gardner sprinted her way into the spotlight throughout the Women’s 100 Meter Dash events this weekend. The twenty-four-year-old track star managed to place second in the semifinals and tenth in the final round. Sure, she didn’t bring home a medal, but this Voorhees resident is definitely one to watch in the future! #TeamUSA

The job isn't done the war isn't over I just reloaded and I'm ready to seize what's mine ! #winwithme

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Sunday August 14th

Blink-182 pleased the Garden State’s “inner 90’s kid” when they played at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel. The band performed various hits from their new album California which they released this past July. The list of special guests, including A Day to Remember, The All-American Rejects, and All Time Low, made the show even more nostalgic for everyone!

Tonight was wild, such a great crowd. ?? Photo By @justwilliet

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