Imagine scoring a game-winning goal for your country in the world's biggest international competition.

Now try to do it twice in four years, all on the Olympic stage.

New Jersey native Carli Lloyd doesn't have to dream about being a hero. After netting the biggest tally in the final game of the 2008 Olympics, she also potted two huge goals, including the game-winner, this summer in London's gold-medal match.

The South Jersey Sports Report recently got the chance to talk with one of Team USA's most clutch goal-scorers. She reflected on her overwhelming experience at the 2012 Summer Olympics, from her benching during the tournament all the way up to scoring two goals in front of 80,000 fans.

We also asked Lloyd about her possible retirement plans, if we'll see her put in another game-winner at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, and why she won't walk away from soccer without a World Cup title.

The NBA season is still months away but local basketball fans may not be able to wait that long, especially after a special announcement by the 76ers earlier this week. Mike Gill, host of 'The Sports Bash' on 97.3 ESPN-FM, took some time away from his vacation to break down professional basketball's return to the shore. Find out why he says Boardwalk Hall will be packed, even for an exhibition game.

South Jersey Hall of Fame sports writer Tom Williams gives his perspective on some local high school coaching changes, and explained why one of the Cape-Atlantic League's highest-rated track and field runners will be competing at a new school this fall.

Tom Sher is a lifeguard who's been patrolling South Jersey's beaches for more than 20 years. He's also a key contributor to one prestigious local race, not to mention a 2012 event winner. Sher spoke with us only hours after an impressive win to reflect on the accomplishment and share his family's lengthy ties to beach patrol service.

And do you think you know the 'most interesting man in the world'? The South Jersey Sports Report is willing to bet you don't after sitting down with one local man. Listen in to find out why we think Captain Joel Fogel may be the most fascinating person you've never heard of.

 

 

Listen to this week's show:

Carli Lloyd, U.S. Women's Soccer, 2-time Olympic Gold medalist

Capt. Joel Fogel, adventurer, scientist & explorer

Mike Gill, 97.3 ESPN-FM Radio Personality

Tim Sher, Brennan-McCann Masters Row organizer

Tom Williams, South Jersey Hall of Fame sports writer