Shalom Life | September 15, 2014

Meet your Jewish and Israeli Olympic Athletes: Part 3

Shalom Life previews the Jewish representation at the upcoming London games

By: Sammy Hudes

Published: July 27th, 2012 in Culture » Society » News

Meet your Jewish and Israeli Olympic Athletes: Part 3

The opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games is just hours away! Today finally marks the start of the 30th summer Olympiad, set to take place in London, England.

Jews from around the world, including New Zealand, the U.S., Australia, Canada, and of course Israel will 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 third and final part of a three-day series, featuring all Jewish and Israeli athletes competing at the games (click here for part one and here for part two). Today, we take a look at the Jewish athletes all around the world who are competing for their respective countries at the Games.

Gymnastics (Rythmic)

Julie Zetlin – U.S. (individual all-around)


A gold medalist at the 2011 Pan-American Games in Mexico, Zetlin will be making her Olympic debut in London after the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) awarded her a wild-card berth to compete at the Games in February. The 22-year-old has been a member of the U.S. junior and senior national rhythmic gymnastics teams since 2004. Zetlin captured the all-around title at the 2010 U.S. National Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships, along with first-place finishes in hoop, ball and ribbon. She will be the first rhythmic gymnast to represent Team USA at Olympics since 2004.

The individual all-around qualification stage will take place August 9 and 10 from noon to 1:18 p.m. The final round is scheduled on August 11 from 1:30 to 3:10.

Gymnastics (Artistic)

Alexandra “Aly” Raisman – U.S. (women’s qualification, women’s team)


18-year-old Aly Raisman is one of the key Jewish athletes around the world to watch in London 2012, not only for her strong gymnastic talents, but also for her famous routine choreographed to the tune of “Hava Nagila,” which Raisman has vowed to perform at the Olympics. Earlier this month, finished third at the Olympic trials in San Jose, Calif., to secure her spot on the American Olympic team while posting the highest scores for beam and floor. Raisman won a bronze medal on the floor exercise at the 2011 World Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo, Japan and also captained the U.S. gold medal-winning squad at the World Championships. As of mid-July, Raisman has won eight bronze medals, six silvers and four golds in competitions in which she has competed on behalf of the U.S.

The women’s artistic gymnastics qualification will take place July 29 at 9:30 a.m. The team final is scheduled at 4:30 p.m. on July 31.

Trampoline

Steven Gluckstein – U.S. (men’s trampoline)


Gluckstein, 22, will make his Olympic debut at the London 2012 Summer Games. Gluckstein captured the first U.S. Champion title of his career at the Visa Championships in 2009 and also earned the first U.S. gold medal in trampoline at a World Cup event by winning the synchronized trampoline title along with his partner, Logan Dooley, at Trampoline World Cup in Belgium that same year. Gluckstein is a three-time U.S. champion.

The men’s trampoline qualification round takes place August 3 at 2 p.m. and 2:44 p.m. The final round will get underway at 3:26 p.m.

Michael Jackson Hologram Inspires Hitler Pictures and Gun Threats Michael Jackson Hologram Inspires Hitler Pictures and Gun Threats TrendingHoward Stern Defends Himself Against Rabbi's Attack Howard Stern Defends Himself Against Rabbi's Attack TrendingHorsin' Around with 'BoJack' Creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg Horsin' Around with 'BoJack' Creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg Trending
 

World's Oldest Siddur En Route to the Holy Land

September 15, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
World's Oldest Siddur En Route to the Holy Land

The 1,200-year-old Biblical text, in tact with a Passover Haggadah and Sabbath prayers, will be put on display at the Bible Lands Museum

Read More

Michael Jackson Hologram Inspires Hitler Pictures and Gun Threats

September 15, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Michael Jackson Hologram Inspires Hitler Pictures and Gun Threats

Alki David went threatened John Textor several times after losing a court battle over the Michael Jackson hologram at the Billboard Awards.

Read More

Mayim Bialik Slams Ariana Grande Billboard, Patriarchal Society

September 15, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Mayim Bialik Slams Ariana Grande Billboard, Patriarchal Society

The 'Big Bang Theory' actress doesn't want her children looking at women in lingerie on billboards.

Read More

Howard Stern Defends Himself Against Rabbi's Attack

September 15, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Howard Stern Defends Himself Against Rabbi's Attack

The 'America's Got Talent' judge was condemned by Rabbi Potasnik over Joan Rivers' eulogy

Read More

The Nosh Pit - Homemade Bagel Recipes

September 15, 2014 | By Sara Torvik
The Nosh Pit - Homemade Bagel Recipes

Everyone loves bagels, but who actually knows how to make them? Impress your friends when you pull freshly baked New York style bagels out of your oven.

Read More

Angela Merkel Speaks at Berlin Rally Against anti-Semitism

September 15, 2014 | By ShalomLife Team
Angela Merkel Speaks at Berlin Rally Against anti-Semitism

"It's our national and civic duty to fight anti-Semitism," the German chancellor said to over 5,000 who arrived in Berlin

Read More

Horsin' Around with 'BoJack' Creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg

September 15, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Horsin' Around with 'BoJack' Creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg

We speak to the driving force behind the animated Netflix show everybody is talking about

Read More

Man Armed with Rifle Arrested After Making Threats at French Jewish School

September 15, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Man Armed with Rifle Arrested After Making Threats at French Jewish School

Intoxicated man, who lives nearby, yells "I will kill all of you"

Read More

More Headlines