Olympics

Israel's Olympic history

By Simon Griver, July 19, 2012

Israel’s first involvement at the summer Olympics came in 1952 in Helsinki when they sent a squad of 26 athletes. Yoav Raanan achieved the best result by finishing ninth in the diving competition.

Only three athletes represented Israel in Melbourne in 1956 because the Games were held several weeks after the outbreak of the Sinai War.

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Israel will take it one step at a time, says Zinger

By Simon Griver, July 19, 2012

Having served as Secretary General of the Olympic Committee of Israel (OCI) since 1995, Efraim Zinger will be leading Israel’s delegation to his fifth Games.

“I still get thrilled about the Olympics,” he told the JC. “If I didn’t get excited it would be time to step down.”

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Zohar's going for gold

By Danny Caro, July 19, 2012

As Israel’s athletes start to filter into the Olympic Village in Stratford, Zohar Zimro will be looking to put a controversial few months behind him and conquer the world.

The Israeli marathon runner was given the green light to compete by a disciplinary committee despite failing a drugs test.

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Sanford called up to join Israel's Olympic squad

By Danny Caro, July 13, 2012

Donald Sanford has been added to Israel’s Olympic squad following his excellent performance at the European Championships.

The American-born sprinter had looked set to miss out on the London Games, but received a reprieve after the Israel Olympic Committee added him to the squad.

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Global stars will light up London Olympics

By Danny Caro, July 13, 2012

In part three of our preview of the 2012 Olympic Games, we focus on some of the Jewish athletes from around the globe

STEVE GLUCKSTEIN
Country: USA
Date of birth: June 24,1990
Born: New Jersey
Sport: Gymnastics (trampolining)

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Golden girls ready for London stage

By Simon Griver, July 9, 2012

In part two of our focus on the 2012 Olympic Games, we look at some of the top female Israeli athletes who will be looking to raise the bar in London

* Jillian Schwartz
Sport: Pole Vaulting
Date of Birth: September 19, 1979
Born: Evanston, Illinois, US
Honours: 2009 Maccabiah Games gold for Team USA

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Dream of Rio beckoning for Laetitia Beck

By Danny Caro, July 6, 2012

While Israel’s top athletes are preparing for the 2012 Olympics in London, two young golfers are setting their sights on the 2016 Games in Rio de Janiero.

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Ram and Erlich relishing third Olympics

By Laura Stadler, July 6, 2012

Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram are relishing the chance to compete at Wimbledon for the second time in a matter of weeks at the upcoming Olympic Games.

Erlich said: "It will be our third Olympics,” he said. "It will be nice to be back here in London on this grass. It’s our favourite surface and we have good memories here. That will be an advantage here at the Olympics.

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Peer: I must raise my game for the Olympics

By Laura Stadler, July 6, 2012

Shahar Peer admits she will have to overcome some psychological barriers if she is to push for a medal at the Olympics Games.

Peer has never been beyond the fourth round at Wimbledon and knows she will have to adapt her game on what she describes as her “least favourite surface”.

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Israel's finest are going for gold

By Danny Caro, June 29, 2012

Small but perfectly formed. That is what Israeli sports fans are hoping following the announcement of the country's Olympic squad.

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