By Jennifer Lipman
March 15, 2011
When it comes to films about sports and the triumph of the underdog, Cool Runnings has to be one of the top choices. The unlikely (but not untrue) story of the Jamaican bob sleigh team’s at the 1988 winter Olympics, directed by Jon Turteltaub, made for a comedy classic and a somewhat heartwarming tale.
Israel actually does have a bobsled team, although judging by the website (latest news from 2004) it isn’t heading for Olympic glory any time soon. But, surprisingly for a country with a whole lot of desert, Israel also has an ice hockey team. And their story could well be that of a film too. According to JTA:
“An Israeli ice hockey team of 10- to 13-year-olds…won the gold medal at a tournament in Canada.
"The Bat Yam Club peewee ice skating team, made up of boys from Bat Yam, Rishon Lezion, Nes Ziona, Maalot and Kfar Saba in central Israel, went undefeated in five games.”
Apparently, there were 96 teams from around the world competing, including from countries more traditionally associated with ice sports – i.e. Canada, the United States, Finland. But the Israelis still finished an impressive 5-0 in the contest.
And the best part?
"The closest ice skating rink to Bat Yam is the Canada Center in Metulla, a two-hour drive north; it is Israel's only ice skating rink. The team practices mostly on roller skates and asphalt."
Jon Turteltaub, I’m sure they are waiting for your call.