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Jewish Medal Streak Continues

Dylan Moscovitch (seen with Kirsten Moore-Towers in 2011) has won a silver medal for the Canadian national team.

Dylan Moscovitch (seen with Kirsten Moore-Towers in 2011) has won a silver medal for the Canadian national team.
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Jews have never been great at the winter Olympics. In the first 18 winter Olympics (between 1924 and 1998) Jews have only won 11 medals. In fact, only 4% of Jewish Olympic medals were won at the winter games. However, all that changed in 2002. 3 Jewish athletes won medals in Salt Lake City, and Jews have won medals at every winter Olympics since. Sochi is no exception. On Sunday, just 3 days into the games, Jews have already won 3 medals.

American figure skaters, Jason Brown and Charlie White won bronze medals at the team event. Dylan Moscvovitch won a silver medal with the Canadian national team in the same event.

Israeli speed skater, Vladislav Bykanov was not as fortunate. Bykanov finished in 4th place in the 1500 meter quarter final heat, just missing a spot in the semi finals by 0.07 seconds. We wish him better luck in the 500 meter and 1000 meter events.

In other news, Russian figure skater Yulia Lipnitskaya won a gold medal in front of the home crowd at just 15 years old. She turned a lot of Jewish heads while doing so. Lipnitskaya skated to the theme song from “Schindler’s list” and wore a red dress just like the little girl from the famous scene of the Spielberg movie.

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19 Responses to “Jewish Medal Streak Continues”

  1. Neil J Sheber says:

    We need a winter sports "Mark Spitz"…lol

  2. Mazel TOV! Keep it up guys and gals…good going!

  3. DID THE IL CHIEF RABBINATE CERTIFY THEM AS JEWS? — IF NOT, DO NOT MISLEAD YOUR READERS…

  4. Of course, the NBC commentators didn't mention what music she was skating to. Also PUTIN himself was in the audience when she skated. Too bad they have to violate Shabbos to compete.

  5. Congratulations to all! I want to mention Aly Raisman whose accomplishment at leaving the London Olympics with the most medals at gymnastics of any Olympics was barely addressed in the media. She was fantastic!

  6. Ranger Smith says:

    Lipnitskaia wears a cross when she performs, but her surname is Russian-Jewish, so she probably has a mixed background

  7. Susan Carroll says:

    As I watched Yulia skate so beautifully I was not aware she was Jewish, or even familiar with the music. But the deeply moving way she skated touched my heart with her yearning.Such deep feeling from such a young woman. It was truly a golden performance.

  8. We seem to do better with Nobel prizes but Olympic medals are good too.

  9. Giuseppe Schirru says:

    Congratulations, just walk this way.

  10. Who were they and what did they win for?

  11. Bob Baxter says:

    That’s great, Sochi is a very difficult place to compete .

  12. This is wonderful! So good to see them compete!

  13. EH!! congratulations!! Mazel tov!!

  14. It doesn't say Yulia is Jewish – just that "she turned a lot of Jewish heads" while skating to the theme from Schindler's list.

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