Blatt dedicates medal to Israel

By Danny Caro, August 13, 2012

An Israeli finally won a medal at the 2012 London Olympics. The only problem - he was coaching the Russian Men's Basketball team.

David Blatt, who also coaches Maccabi Tel Aviv, steered the Russians to bronze following a nail-biting 81-77 victory in the third-place playoff.

"This is a very proud moment for me," said Blatt, who guided the Russians to their first basketball medal.

Blatt went on to dedicate his medal to Israel. "I am a product of Israeli sport," he added. "I wholeheartedly offer this medal to everyone. As a child I used to watch American athletes on the podium and wanted to be one of them."

Blatt was born in Boston and played college basketball at Princeton University from for four years. In 1981, his last year playing in the America, he took part at the Maccabiah Games and helped Team USA win gold. The competition clearly tugged on his heartstrings as he decided to stay in Israel.

Last updated: 10:17am, August 13 2012