Renzhin disappoints at Winter Olympics

By James Martin, February 24, 2010

Skier Michael Renzhin finished a disappointing 55th in the men's giant slalom at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Crossing the tape in a combined time of 2:53:81, the Israeli finished nearly 16 seconds behind champion Carlo Janka of Switzerland. America's Bode Miller, who has already won three golds, was eliminated from contention after skiing off-course during his first run.

Laura Spector raced the final leg for the USA in the women's 4x6 biathlon relay, but was unable to prevent the team finishing a disappointing 17th, out of an entry of 19.


Israeli skaters miss out on a medal

By James Martin, February 23, 2010

Roman and Alexandra Zaretsky's moving free dance in last night's ice dancing was not enough to win them an Olympic medal.

The brother and sister pair gained an impressive 90 points as they performed to music from Schindler's List, which saw them finish a highly respectable 10th.

The music was chosen, in part, as a remembrance to 27 members of their family that died in Minsk, Belarus during World War II.

“It’s very important to us,” said Roman Zaretsky. “We grew up with this every year, the memory of Yom Hashoah.” The pair made aliyah from Minsk in the early1990s.


Israeli ice dancers close to Olympic medal

By Danny Caro, February 22, 2010

Israel's ice dancing team at the Winter Olympics are in 10th place following the first two rounds of the figure skating in Vancouver.

Roman and Alexandra Zaretsky, who performed a tango on Friday night in which they gained a score of 34.38, performed ‘Hava Nagilla’ in last night's original dance, scoring 55 points.

They are 15 points off the medals, going into tonight’s final round, in which they will dance to music from Schindler's List for their free dance routine.

Americans Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto, who is Jewish, are in fourth place.


Special Olympics selection

February 18, 2010

Ravenswood resident Lawrence Black has been selected for the British team for the Special Olympics European Games in Poland in September.

The 56-year-old will compete in the shot put, 50 metres sprint and 400 metres walk and will be hoping to add to the two silvers and a bronze won at the national Special Olympics last year.


Luger Rosen impresses at Winter Olympics

By Danny Caro, February 16, 2010

Team GB's AJ Rosen finished 16th in the men's singles luge at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Going into the fourth and final run in 15th, Rosen, 25, would have made history as the highest placed British slider in the luge in Olympics history. But he missed out after going round the course in 48.856 seconds. His 16th place finish equalled his performance at the Turin Olympics four years ago.

“There have been some ups and downs, but overall I'm really happy with my performance. “The times are so close between the sliders, it was just fractions of a second.”


Israeli ice skater's misery at Olympic deselection

By Jessica Elgot, February 10, 2010

Three Israeli athletes are gearing up for the start of the Winter Olympics on Friday, hoping this will be the year the country finally wins a medal.

But Tamar Katz, a 22-year-old figure skater and three-time Israeli champion, has not qualified, despite meeting the standards set by the Winter Olympics committee.

Controversially, the Israeli Olympic Committee decided not to send her because she did not finish in the top 14 at the World Championships held in Spokane, Washington.


Israel to invest £8m in Olympic squad

By Danny Caro, January 21, 2010

Israel is investing £8 million on an Olympics squad that will make the 2012 Games the country’s best-ever, pledges the man who will make it happen.

Efraim Zinger, the Secretary-General of the Olympic Committee of Israel says he hopes to take at least 40 athletes to London.

Zinger believes that the nation’s best hopes of silverware will come in judo, wind-surfing and gymnastics.


Olympic hopes boosted by tennis doubles addition

By Simon Griver, December 17, 2009

Israel’s hopes of winning an Olympic medal in 2012 have been boosted by the IOC’s decision to introduce a mixed doubles tennis tournament.

Doubles specialist and grand slam winner Andy Ram said that he was looking forward to teaming up with Shahar Peer in London.

“I have never partnered Shahar but I’m sure we can be successful. I’ve enjoyed a lot of achievements in mixed doubles including two grand slam titles.”


Israel looks to diaspora to boost Olympic bid

By James Martin, December 10, 2009

Israel will select a maximum of five athletes for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, although the secretary-general of the Olympic Committee of Israel admits that there is “no hope” of the country gaining a medal.

The squad, which flies out to Canada in preparation for the games in early February, will include two figure skaters in the singles competition and a skier, whilst there could also be a involvement in the figure skating pairs if they make the qualification standard.


Jewish athlete's record restored by Germany

By Jessica Elgot, November 24, 2009

A 95 year-old Jewish woman stripped of her high jump record by Nazi Germany has had her record restored by the German track and field association.

Gretel Bergmann, who is now Margaret Bergmann Lambert, emigrated to New York in 1937 after she was 'replaced' at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by the Nazi government because she was Jewish.

Mrs Lambert had already left Germany for the UK in 1934 after she was banned from her athletics club for being Jewish.

She had previously recorded a world record high jump of 5 feet and 3 inches, having been on the German team for two years.