Shalom Life | October 01, 2014

Meet your Jewish and Israeli Olympic Athletes: Part 1

Shalom Life previews the Jewish and Israeli representation at the upcoming London games

By: Sammy Hudes

Published: July 25th, 2012 in Culture » Society » News

Meet your Jewish and Israeli Olympic Athletes: Part 1

In just two days, the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games will take place in London, England, marking the start of the 30th summer Olympiad.

Jews from around the world, including New Zealand, the U.S., Australia, Canada, and of course Israel will take be taking part as they each compete on behalf of their respective countries.

To preview the Jewish representation at London 2012, Shalom Life proudly presents the first part of a three-day series, featuring all Jewish and Israeli athletes competing at the games (click here for part 2 and here for part 3). Today, we look at the first half of Israel’s 2012 delegation.

Athletics

Zohar Zemiro (men’s marathon)


Born in Ethiopia, the 35-year-old Zimro will compete for Israel in marathon running. London 2012 will mark the first Olympics for Zimro, who was the first Israeli athlete to book his ticket to the games. He qualified after running the Amsterdam Marathon in 2:14.28 hours in April 2011, but found his Olympic hopes in jeopardy when tested positive for Terbutaline, an illegal substance commonly found in asthma inhalers. Due to his condition, a court ruled that Zemiro would be allowed to compete in London after serving a one month suspension. He was national champion in marathon running in 2010 and 2012, national champion in hill running in 2008, and a three-time running champion at the Maccabiah Games. He was named Athlete of the Year in 2011 by the Israel Athletics Association.

The men’s marathon competition will take place August 12 at 11 a.m.

Jillian Schwartz (women’s pole vault)


Illinois native Jillian Schwartz previously competed for the U.S. at the 2004 Athens Games. But the 32-year-old will represent Israel after moving there and gaining Israeli citizenship in 2010. Schwartz has competed at four World Championships in Athletics and her best placing to date remains fourth place at the 2004 International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Indoor Championships. She has set Israeli records for both indoor and outdoor pole vaults, but her best score was 4.72 metres, set in Jonesboro, Arkansas in 2008.

The women’s pole vault qualification will take place August 4 at 10:20 a.m. The final competition is scheduled for August 6 at 7 p.m.

Donald Sanford (track – men’s 400 m)


Although not Jewish, 25-year-old Donald Sanford will compete for Israel in London. The final entry on Israel’s 2012 Olympic delegation, Sanford was only given the IAAF’s approval to represent Israel this past March and will run in the 400-metre competition. He obtained Israeli citizenship just recently after marrying Israeli basketball player Danielle Dekel in 2008. Sanford placed fourth in the 400-metre run at the 2012 European Championships in Helsinki, Finland, becoming the first Israeli finalist in a major international track and field competition since 1974. He came a mere nine hundredths of a second away from medaling. Sanford previously competed for Arizona State University.

The opening round of the men’s 400 m run will take place August 4 at 10:35 a.m. The semifinals are scheduled the following day at 8:40 p.m. and the final round will take place August 6 at 9:30 p.m.

‘The Simpsons’ Pays Tribute to Joan Rivers in ‘Jewish Heaven’ ‘The Simpsons’ Pays Tribute to Joan Rivers in ‘Jewish Heaven’ TrendingAdam Levine is Covered With Cow Blood in New Creepy Music Video [VIDEO] Adam Levine is Covered With Cow Blood in New Creepy Music Video [VIDEO] TrendingAdam Lambert and Queen Announce U.K Arena Tour Adam Lambert and Queen Announce U.K Arena Tour Trending
 

The Top 10 Life-Saving Israeli Tech Companies

September 30, 2014 | By Maya Yarowsky, NoCamels
The Top 10 Life-Saving Israeli Tech Companies

Freezing tumors with ice, creating nano-sized virus killers and helping people out of the rubble with a robotic snake is all in a day's work for these Israeli companies whose technology is helping to save many a life

Read More

The Love Jewce: Jewvangelist

September 30, 2014 | By Andria Kaplan
The Love Jewce: Jewvangelist

A look at the popular web-series that tells the story of a female rabbi in LA trying to keep her synagogue alive

Read More

Gwyneth Paltrow Gets Animated in Blo Ad

September 30, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Gwyneth Paltrow Gets Animated in Blo Ad

The GOOP blogger has teamed up with celebrity hairstylist David Babaii

Read More

Netflix and Weinstein Co. Team Up For ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ Sequel

September 30, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Netflix and Weinstein Co. Team Up For ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ Sequel

This will be the streaming services first foray into feature film production.

Read More

Shatner, Nimoy to 'Star' in New Volkswagen Ads

September 30, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Shatner, Nimoy to 'Star' in New Volkswagen Ads

The 'Star Trek' actors have confirmed their involvement in the company's new campaign for the e-Golf

Read More

Neo-Nazi Group Distributes anti-Semitic Flyers, Wants "Jews Out of Australia"

September 30, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Neo-Nazi Group Distributes anti-Semitic Flyers, Wants "Jews Out of Australia"

An Australian neo-Nazi group is distributing flyers in Sydney, again, that refer to Jews as the "world's foremost problem"

Read More

Jewish Anti-Israel Group Stage Blood Bucket Challenges Around Israel [VIDEO]

September 30, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Jewish Anti-Israel Group Stage Blood Bucket Challenges Around Israel [VIDEO]

The group "Jews Against Genocide" visited sites around Israel, including Yad Vashem, to protest Israeli policies

Read More

Netanyahu (Accurately) Compares Iran to Derek Jeter During UN Address

September 30, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Netanyahu (Accurately) Compares Iran to Derek Jeter During UN Address

"To say that Iran doesn't practice terrorism is like saying Derek Jeter never played shortstop for the New York Yankees"

Read More

More Headlines