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    A Jewish immigrant to the United States from the former Soviet Union won a gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke at the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Lenny Krayzelburg set an Olympic record of 53.72 seconds in winning the race. “It’s better than anything I’ve ever done in my life,” said Krayzelburg, who emigrated from… More ▸

  • The 2000 Olympic Games: Israelis Look to Immigrants to Score Big at the Olympics

    Athletes from the former Soviet Union have transformed the Israeli Olympics sports scene. About one-third of the Israeli team in the upcoming Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia – and five of the six strongest Israeli contenders-are originally from the former Soviet Union. The team, which departed Sunday night for Sydney, includes top favorites Michael Kalganov,… More ▸

  • Memorial to Munich Massacre Unveiled at Site of 2000 Games

    Australia has unveiled a memorial to the 11 Israeli victims of the PLO terrorist attack at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. The memorial, unveiled last Friday at the site of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, carries the names of the Israelis and an inscription from the Book of Samuel, “They were swifter than eagles… More ▸

  • Nine Voted to Jewish Sports Hall

    Nine people from five countries have been elected to the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. The 1998 honorees include four Americans: Marv Levy, who coached the National Football League’s Buffalo Bills to four consecutive Super Bowls (1990-93); David Stern, commissioner of the National Basketball Association since 1984; Cpl. “Izzy” Schwartz, world flyweight boxing champion… More ▸

  • International Athletes Named to Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

    Fourteen former athletes from six nations have been elected to the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. They will be officially recognized in July at the organization’s museum, housed in the Wingate Institute in Netanya, Israel. The five American athletes are: Arthur Bluethenthal, Princeton University All- American in football, 1911-12; Milton Green, Harvard’s world record-setting… More ▸

  • Jewish Athletes Recall Ordeal of Nazi-hosted 1936 Olympics

    To Germany’s Jews, Gretel Bergmann was a symbol of flickering hope on a rapidly darkening landscape. To the Nazis, she was a propaganda tool. Intent on avoiding an international boycott of the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Germany coerced Bergmann onto its track and field team and held her up to the world as evidence that it… More ▸

  • Israeli Olympics Medalists Have Entire Country Walking Tall

    Israelis are walking tall this week, after the country garnered the first Olympic medal in its history. And it won not just one medal, but two. Yael Arad’s silver-medal victory in the judo competition kept Israelis glued to their televisions July 30, leaving movie-theater owners with plenty of empty seats. Arad’s match against the German,… More ▸

  • U.S. Sets More Maccabiah Records

    U.S. Olympic hammer-thrower Ken Flax set new Maccabiah records here Sunday with each of three consecutive throws, outdistancing the competition at the Jewish Olympic-style tournament. The last throw soared 78.06 meters, more than 257 feet, to the cheers of American and Israeli athletes and spectators attending the 13th Maccabiah at the Ramat Gan Stadium. Flax,… More ▸

  • U.S. Running Second to Israel After First Days of Maccabiah

    American athletes are swiftly racking up gold and silver medals at the 13th Maccabiah games, which opened Monday at Ramat Gan stadium and continued during the week with events in various parts of Israel. But in the race for medals, Israeli athletes were ahead by seven at midweek. The U.S. contingent of 520 athletes is… More ▸

  • Israel Athletes Finish 16th in Paralympics in Seoul

    Israel’s handicapped athletes won 41 medals and emerged 16th out of 66 competing countries in the Paralympics, the international games for the physically handicapped which just ended in Seoul, South Korea. The Israeli team, which is due home on Thursday, is bringing back 12 gold medals, 13 silver and 16 bronze. It won medals in… More ▸