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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!


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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?  


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.



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 Ultimate Guide to Following New Jersey’s Olympic Athletes in Rio

By Marisa Reinhart

Summer is heating up, and #Rio2016 is quickly approaching.
#HipNJ is here to help you follow these 31 New Jersey native olympians on their #RoadtoRio! Go USA!


Kyrie Irving- West Orange
Twitter: @KyrieIrving
Instagram: @KyrieIrving

Truly an honor…. #rio #usabasketball #UNITE

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Shakur Stevenson- Newark
Twitter: @ShakurStevenson


Monica Aksamit- Matawan
Twitter: @monicaaksamit
Instagram: @monicaaksamit 

Ibtihaj Muhammad- Maplewood
Instagram: @Ibtihajmuhammad

??????? GOLD IN PANAMA! #RoadtoRio #TeamVisa #GritBeforeGold #TeamUSA

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Dagmara Wozniak- Avenel



Laurie Hernandez- Old Bridge


Nicolas Mukendi- Hillsborough


Nick Delpopolo- Westfield
Instagram: @NickforGold

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Colton Brown- Piscataway

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Lauren Schmetterling- Moorestown

Tracy Eisser-  Fair Lawn

Sam Ojserkis- Linwood

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Steve Kasprzyk- Cinnaminson

Thomas Dethlefs- Lawrenceville


Carli Lloyd- Delran
Twitter: @CarliLloyd
Instagram: @carlilloyd

Tobin Heath- Basking Ridge
Twitter: @TobinHeath
Instagram: @tobinheath


Connor Jaeger- Fair Haven
Twitter: @conjaeg

Kelsi Worrell- Westhampton

23 days! #roadtorio #teamUSA

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Robert Griswold-  Freehold

Track and Field

Robby Andrews- Manalapan
Instagram: @ra_andrews

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Jeff Porter- Franklin
Twitter: @jeffporter1

Marielle Hall- Haddonfield
Instagram: @Mariellehall

Ajee Wilson- Neptune
Twitter: @AjeeW
Instagram: @ajeelenee

Christina Epps- Morristown
Twitter: @Ms_Hop_St3pps
Instagram: @ms_hop_st3pps

Keturah Orji- Mount Olive
Twitter: @Keturahorji

Nia Ali- Pleasantville
Twitter: @ItsPooda
Instagram: @niaali

English Gardner- Vorhees Township
Twitter: @UgHLyDuCkLiN
Instagram: @ughlyducklin

Sydney McLaughlin- Dunellen


Joe Maloy- Wildwood Crest
Twitter: @joetriathlon
Instagram: @joemaloy


Jordan Burroughs-  Camden
Instagram: @alliseeisgold

Frank Molinaro-Barnegat
Twitter: @Gorillahulk149
Instagram: @ghulk145