For Jews, there are familiar Olympic moments that we all know, from the tragedy of the 1972 Munich massacre to the triumph of Israel’s first Gold medal in 2004.
There are plenty of stories that we’re less familiar with, like when Israel forfeited a Yom Kippur Olympic sailing competition. Or when a French synchronized swim routine was deemed anti-Semitic.
Here, the JTA Archive Blog take a look back at some of the most memorable events (and the ones you’ve never heard about) in Jewish Olympic history.
- PARIS (1924)
Jewish sports organizations attempt to participate as a nation in Olympic games.
Jewish committee for Olympic games founded.
LOS ANGELES (1932)
Jewish law student wins discuss-throwing competition.
Boycott Berlin movement emerges in Spain. Plan alternate "People’s Olympiad" in same year.
Jewish hot dog vendors barred from Berlin Olympics
Jewish woman dropped from German team
1940 GAMES CANCELLED
1944 GAMES CANCELLED (World War II)
Israel denied participation in international games
Israel sends first delegation to Olympics
Kosher kitchen set up for athletes in Melbourne
Polish Jewish girl takes silver in long jump
MEXICO CITY (1968)
Israeli athletes blame losses on the altitude
Israeli team fails to attend memorial service at Dachau
First Israeli athlete to reach finals in an Olympic event falls short
Israel boycotts Moscow Olympics.
Israeli sailors forfeit race on Yom Kippur
Israel wins first (and second) olympic medals
Jews protest France’s anti-semitic synchronized-swim routine
Israeli finish line technology implemented at the Olympics
Gal Friedman wins first olympic gold medal in Windsurfing
Jews protest China’s support of Sudanat Olympic torch demonstration