Bruce Springsteen congratulates Jessica on her Olympic silver medal
Dad is proud.
Bruce Springsteen congratulated daughter Jessica Springsteen and the U.S. equestrian jumping team on their silver medals at the recent Summer Olympics in Tokyo during the Wednesday, Aug. 18, broadcast of his “From My Home to Yours” deejay show on SiriusXM’s E Street Radio.
“I want to congratulate the United States Olympic show jumping team — that’s McLain Ward, Laura Kraut and my lovely daughter, Jessica Springsteen — on their silver medal win at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics,” said Springsteen at the close of the show.
It was the first time Springsteen publicly congratulated Jessica and the team on their medals. He also thanked Jessica’s coach, British-born Nick Skelton.
“A special shout-out to my great friend and one of the kings of show jumping, Nick Skelton, for his guidance and inspiration,” Springsteen said. “May all of your days forever be glorious.”
Jessica, 29, is the daughter of Bruce and Patti Scialfa. Mom had already congratulated Jessica and the team several times on social media.
Jessica and her parents had spoken shortly after her silver ride on Aug. 7.
“I FaceTimed them really quickly,’ said Jessica after the medal ceremony, according to the Daily Mail. “They were all screaming and I don’t think we understood a word anyone was saying. I couldn’t make any of it out but I know they were all excited.”
The theme of Wednesday’s show was “My Hometown,” songs about home, including Springsteen’s “Death to My Hometown,” “Local Hero,” and his hit “My Hometown,” which wasn’t written anywhere near Freehold, Springsteen said.
“That is yours truly with ‘My Hometown,’ written in Los Angeles, Calif., in 1983, during some sessions in my garage studio in the aftermath of ‘Nebraska,’ and before ‘Born in the U.S.A.’ ” Springsteen said. “This was shortly after my 1982 road trip west with my road buddy Matt Delia. I spent a good portion of that winter in a Hollywood cottage, up towards Laurel Canyon, (in) the previous home of Sidney Toler, star of the Charlie Chan films. I wrote quite a bit up there, of a lot of still unreleased music, someday to see the light of day, I’m sure.”
Bruce and Patti are currently performing the hit “Springsteen on Broadway” at the St. James Theatre in New York City through Sept. 4. There is no show on Saturday, Aug. 21, as Springsteen will join fellow Jersey rocker Patti Smith and her band for a duet on “Because the Night” at the “We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert” in Central Park.
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Chris Jordan, a Jersey Shore native, covers entertainment and features for the USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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August 21, 2021 at 11:12AM