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  • Chinese Students Greet Olympians with ‘shalom’ and Israeli Flags

    Clutching Israeli flags, the young Chinese students greeted the Israeli Olympic swimmers with shouts of “shalom” as the athletes visited their elementary school here this week. The Shi Jia Primary School was assigned Israel as part of a citywide program of partnerships between schools and Olympic countries. In preparation, the school spent the past two… More ▸

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    Israeli women sailors narrowly missed a medal at the Beijing Olympics. Nike Kornecki and Vered Bouskila finished fourth Monday in the 470 two-person dinghy medal race in Qingdao, which left the pair fourth overall in the rankings — one place away from Israel’s first medal of the 2008 Games. Despite finishing ninth in the medal… More ▸

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    Jewish Olympic swimmer Jason Lezak followed up his relay heroics with a bronze medal in the 100-meter men’s freestyle. Lezak, whose late dash in the 4 x 100-meter men’s freestyle relay propelled the U.S. team to the gold medal and a world record, finished in a time of 47.67 seconds Wednesday at the Water Cube… More ▸

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    Israel’s top judoka, Arik Zeevi, was knocked out of the Olympics. Zeevi, who took a bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Games in the under-100 kilogram category, lost two fights Thursday in Beijing, effectively ending Israel’s hopes of a strong showing in judo. Weeping at his losses, the former European champion told Israeli journalists that… More ▸

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    Israeli Shahar Zubari remained in first place in the men’s RS:X sailboarding at the Beijing Olympics. Through four races in of the 20-race series, Zubari led Chan King-yin of Hong Kong after the Israeli windsurfer finished first and third in his races Tuesday. “I like my dark-horse status,” Zubari said. “I am quite young and… More ▸

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    American Sada Jacobson won a fencing silver medal, becoming perhaps the first Jewish medalist of the Beijing Olympics. Jacobson lost, 15-8, in the women’s individual saber final Saturday to fellow American Mariel Zagunis, who also won gold at the 2004 Games in Athens. Jacobson, of Dunwoody, Ga., took the bronze four years ago. Jacobson had… More ▸

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    An Israeli judo competitor lost a bronze medal match, while an Israeli artistic gymnast advanced to the medal round in Beijing. Gal Yekutiel fell Saturday in the men’s bronze medal match in the under-60 kg class to 2007 world champion Ruben Houkes of the Netherlands and finished fifth. In judo, two bronze medals are awarded… More ▸

  • Israel Brings Largest Contingent, Great Expectations to Beijing

    The largest contingent in Israeli Olympic history was eyeing its biggest medal haul, with one Israeli competitor narrowly missing out and another still in the mix on the first full day of competition at the 2008 Games. Judo competitor Gal Yekutiel lost a bronze-medal match Saturday in the under-60 kg class to 2007 world champion… More ▸

  • Swimmers Lead U.S. Contingent of Jewish Athletes in Beijing

    For Jason Lezak, Ben Wildman-Tobriner and Garrett Weber-Gale, the marketing possibilities are endless — perhaps “The Three Chaverim” or “Jews in the Pool.” All three Jewish sprinters are hoping to make a splash as part of the U.S. men’s swimming team heading to Beijing for the 2008 Summer Olympics. Not only will they be competing… More ▸

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    A female taekwondo champion will fight for Israel at the Beijing Olympics. Bat-El Gatterer, a 21-year-old resident of Kochav Yaakov, a Jewish settlement near Ramallah, is among 42 athletes Israel is sending to next month’s Games in the Chinese capital. Though religiously observant, Gatterer served in the Israeli military while training in the Korean martial… More ▸