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Aly Raisman Wins Gold and Bronze

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

The Israeli Olympic team will go home without any medals for the first time since the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea, but Jewish-American gymnast Aly Raisman has done us proud, winning a gold medal in the floor exercise as well as a bronze on the balance beam at the London Olympics.

Raisman, 18, of Needham, Mass., took the gold Tuesday with a score of 15.6 to edge Catalina Ponor of Romania and Aliya Mustafina of Russia, the silver and bronze medalists.

Earlier in the day, Raisman won the bronze on the balance beam after the U.S. lodged a protest against the original result. She had finished fourth behind Ponor. Following the Americans’ protest, the rescoring put the two gymnasts in a tie. Under the tie-breaking procedure, Raisman took the bronze with a higher execution score. She had lost a bronze in the all-around on the same tie-breaker.

China took the gold and silver in the event. American Gabby Douglas, who won the all-around, also fell off the apparatus and finished seventh among the eight competitors.

Raisman had helped Team USA take the women’s team gold — the first Olympic gold medal for the U.S. gymnastics squad since the 1996 Games in Atlanta. Raisman won the floor exercise in the team competition while performing her routine to a string-heavy version of “Hava Nagila.”

Also Tuesday, Israeli windsurfer Lee Korzits had problems in the final and finished in sixth place after entering the medal race in second. She was ninth in the medal round.

Korzits, 28, won world windsurfing titles in 2011 and 2012. She did not qualify to represent Israel at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and considered retiring.

The following year she suffered a near-fatal surfing accident while working on the Professional Windsurfers Association’s tour in Hawaii. She was told by doctors that she would never surf again but she rededicated herself to the sport.

Aly Raisman Leads US to Gymnastics Team Gold

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Aly Raisman, a Jewish American, won the floor exercise in helping the U.S. women’s team to the gold medal in the gymnastics competition at the London Olympics.

Earlier this week, Raisman’s parents became part of You Tube lore with their clip of performance anxiety (Aly’s performance, that is).

The Americans on Tuesday won their first team gold medal in women’s gymnastics since the Atlanta Games in 1996, finishing with 183.596 points to defeat Russia (178.530) and Romania (176.414).

Raisman, 18, of Needham, Mass., scored 15.300 in the floor exercise to win the event, performing her routine to a string-heavy version of “Hava Nagila” as she did on Sunday. Raisman also had performed to “Hava Nagila” when she gained a berth on the U.S. team last year.

Raisman is favored to win the all-around individual competition on Thursday, as well as the floor exercise on Aug. 7, when she also will be competing in the balance beam final. She and Gabby Douglas are representing the U.S. in the individual finals.

Raisman is a recipient of the Pearl D. Mazor Outstanding Female Jewish High School Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award given out by the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in New York.

Global Minute of Silence to Be Held on Day of Olympic Opening Ceremony

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

There Will Be a ‘Minute for Munich’ on Friday.

The British Zionist Federation has decided to ask people to join them in commemoration of the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. The worldwide event will take place at  at 11 AM London time (1 PM Jerusalem, 6 AM New York) on the morning of the opening ceremony, Friday, July 27. This measure follows the International Olympic Committee’s decision not to have a minute of silence in the opening ceremony of the London Olympics on the same Friday.

“As you are aware, there have been a number of campaigns urging the IOC to hold a minutes’ silence during the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics,” begins BZF Executive Director Alan Aziz’s announcement on their website. “Unfortunately the IOC has decided against this commemoration. So, The Zionist Federationis inviting you to join us in remembering the 11 murdered Israeli Athletes.”

The plan, according to Aziz, will go as follows: “On the morning of the Opening Ceremony, we are asking people everywhere to stop for one minute and stand in silence as a personal tribute to those who lost their lives in the 1972 Munich Massacre. Wherever you may be and whatever you may be doing, please join us and stand in silence for one minute in silence as we remember.”

The BZF will also be holding a short memorial service that will be streamed live via a webcast from 10.45 AM and will a memorial prayer and the lighting of candles in the presence of Israel’s Ambassador to Britain, Daniel Taub. Visitors will be able to view this at www.zionist.org.uk

If you are part of an organization, Aziz is asking you to email minutesilence@zfuk.org to see how you can get involved.

A Facebook page has been set up for this event and can be found by typing in ‘Minute for Munich’ into the search box on Facebook.

Alan Aziz told EJP: “We believe it is wrong that the IOC refuses to commemorate the Munich massacre at the opening ceremony. We must not let people forget and the groundswell of support that our campaign has received has demonstrated that not only do people remember the horrific events of Munich, but they also understand the importance of remembering it and the innocent victims of that fateful day.”

He added: “Let us celebrate the Olympic Games as it brings the world together as a family, but don’t let it forget those it has lost.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/global-minute-of-silence-to-be-held-on-day-of-olympic-opening-ceremony/2012/07/25/

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