Sometimes we crave fierce competition in sports, and other times we just want to watch superstars strut. Olympic gold-medalist Aly Raisman, who recently made headlines for joining the cast of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” is being added to the roster of competitors at this summer’s Maccabiah games in Israel. Maccabiah organizers announced Raisman will… More ▸
After winning a gold medal, and our hearts, at last summer’s Olympics to the tune of “Hava Nagilla,” Aly Raisman is rumored to be moving onto a dancing career by joining ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” The Jewish Olympic-winning gymnast is joining the celebrity cast of America’s favorite dancing show, according to TMZ. Although the official list of… More ▸
By Marcy Oster
An 11-year-old New York girl was disqualified from the 2012 U.S. National Table Tennis Championships when she opted not to play her final match, which fell on Shabbat. More ▸
U.S. Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman became America’s sweetheart during the 2012 London Games.
Her two gold medals and one bronze — and overall amazing performance — made everyone proud. And that was especially true in the Jewish community, as Raisman is a proud Boston Jew and danced her floor routines to “Hava Nagila.”
Since she returned from London, she has been documenting all the really fun things she’s been doing and uploading photos to her very active and popular Instagram account. We collected what we think are the 21 best things she’s done.
If you feel jealous… well, you should be, but remember all the crazy routines and drills she did to get to where she is now. So you better start practicing.
1. Ended the trading at the New York Stock Exchange More ▸
By Toby Axelrod
The head of Germany’s Jewish community at a memorial ceremony for the Munich 11 lamented the “icy coldness” of the International Olympic Committee in refusing to mark the 40th anniversary of the massacre. More ▸
It’s been a rough summer for NBC, mostly since the most common word following the peacock network letters was the word “fail” — because of its highly criticized Olympics coverage. But the icing on the failcake may have happened Sunday morning, when NBC cameras focused on one of the spectators and announcer Bob Fitzgerald declared, “I know… More ▸
We started following Dr. Ruth’s Olympic-related tweets last week — and they just keep getting more outrageous. I have to ask: Is there anyone in the world who would actually turn to his lover and say, “Honey, all this watching the Olympics and reading Dr. Ruth’s tweets is turning me on so bad”?
Here are our favorites (some a little overly awkward): More ▸
As day four of the 2012 London Olympic Games wraps up, an emerging star rises above most of the American Olympic Team, which has been pretty average so far. Her name is Alexandra “Aly” Raisman. She is a Jewish gymnast from Boston. Here are a few more things you should know about her:
1. She dances her floor routine to “Hava Nagila”
And her routine in the Women’s Team finals for team USA was ranked number 1 and won the gold for team USA!l! USA! USA! USA! More ▸
Apparently Dr. Ruth is more than just an old lady who won’t stop talking about sex – she is an old lady who won’t stop talking about sex and can put a bullet through someone’s head in one try. More ▸
In the ancient Olympic Games, when city-states like Athens and Sparta competed against each other, there was one rule that was to always be honored: “ekecheiria” – truce. During the Olympic Games, all nations were not to fight each other, and runners were sent to participant cities to announce the beginning of the truce, and nations put down their weapons to secure a safe game experience.
Fast forward almost 3,000 years, and these rules are no longer in play. In a world where politics and sports are tied together, even the noble act of competing under the Olympic flag for the human spirit seems pretty, well, ancient.
Recent reports claim that Iranian athletes will compete against Israelis in the upcoming Summer Games in London. Zvi Warshaviak, head of the Israeli Olympic Committee is skeptical, quipping that he believes the Iranians would go so far as to say that one of their male athletes was menstrating in order to avoid competing against Israel.
Although Warshaviak didn’t make his point in the most classy way, it is certainly true that Middle Eastern nations, often Iran, have refused to compete against Israel in the Olympic Games, Olympic qualifiers and world championships. Some countries have offered up creative excuses in order to avoid fines.
Here are a few of the main refusals:
1. Arash Miresmaeili, Iranian judoka, Athens 2004
Miresmaeili, who was favored to win the gold medal in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and was even the flag bearer for Iran during the opening ceremonies, was favored to beat Israeli judoka Udi Vaks in the first round. However, at the pre-match weigh-in … he came in overweight and was disqualified. There were rumors (never confirmed) that Miresmeili purposely put on pounds so that he could avoid the match without forfeiting — a move that would have caused the International Olympic Committee to issue a fine and possibly ban him from future competition. But Miresmeili later said, “Although I have trained for months and was in good shape I refused to fight my Israeli opponent to sympathize with the suffering of the people of Palestine and I do not feel upset at all.” It wasreported that upon returning home he was given $125,000 — the same amount awarded to Iran’s gold medalists. More ▸