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Flag of the 2016 Olympic Games.

An Orthodox Jewish teenage girl from West Hempstead, Long Island says she’s hoping to make the grade for the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Estee Ackerman, 14, is Sabbath-observant, and missed out on going to the Olympics this time around. But she won double gold medals in last week’s Junior Olympics in table tennis competition in Houston, according to a post on The Jewish Week website.


Ackerman failed to qualify for the Rio Olympics, but won first place last week in the Amateur Athletic Union’s Junior Olympics instead. It’s not a bad prequel: The event attracts more than 15,000 athletes and coaches.

Ackerman won in two events: The under-16 girls singles division, and the under-16 girls doubles division, teaming with Amy Lu of Maryland.

The young competitor attends Yeshiva University High School for Girls.