Shalom Life | August 01, 2014

Israeli Achievements at the London 2012 Olympics

Sometimes a medal is not the only sign of success

By: Sharon Schwartzman

Published: August 20th, 2012 in Culture » Society » News

Israeli Achievements at the London 2012 Olympics

It happens every four years… the Olympics Games -- the pinnacle of every athlete’s dreams.

Whilst Israel may not have won any medals at the London Olympics, let’s not forget how hard it is to be an Israeli sportsperson. They endure rigorous daily training, strict discipline regimes and negligible financial rewards – all on behalf of the country.

As we look back on the recently completed Olympic experience, let us look at the achievements of our best Israeli athletes:

• Arik Ze’evi (judo): Although he lost in the first round after 43 seconds, we can only thank him for an amazing career which has included so many exciting highs, even though it ended on a low.

• Alex Stelov (artistic gymnastics) finished the final of the floor exercises in a very respectable sixth place with a score of 15.333. While many people expected him to win a medal, let’s remember what an achievement it is to reach sixth place. Stelov was the fifth to compete, and he got on to the mattress after the other competitors had already received very high marks. The Israeli gymnast knew that he had to deliver a perfect performance but in the end, although he tried to raise the level of difficulty, one slip in the middle cost him dearly.

• Yaakov Tomarkin (swimming) reached the finals of the 200 meters backstroke, becoming the first blue-and-white swimmer since Eitan Orbach in 2000 to make it into a final. Tomarkin said that he went to London -- his very first Olympics -- without particularly high expectations. Nevertheless, his achievements were impressive – he finished the finals in seventh place with a time of 1:57:62 minutes, setting a new Israeli record.

• Andy Ram and Yoni Ehrlich (doubles tennis) beat Roger Federer, the world’s number one ranking player, in the second round, and put up a brave fight in the quarter finals against the world's top couple who went on to win the gold medal. They were excited by the great victory of the American Olympic champions, and so were we.

As we look towards the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio, it is worth remembering these achievements, and hope for an even brighter Israeli Olympic experience.

Dianna Agron Stars in New Sam Smith Music Video Dianna Agron Stars in New Sam Smith Music Video TrendingDrake Beats Usher For Most R&B/Hip-Hop No. 1’s on Billboard Drake Beats Usher For Most R&B/Hip-Hop No. 1’s on Billboard TrendingLena Dunham to Do Live Reading, Q&A at JFL42 in Toronto Lena Dunham to Do Live Reading, Q&A at JFL42 in Toronto Trending
 

The Top Ten Leonard Cohen Songs

August 01, 2014 | By Caitlin Marceau
The Top Ten Leonard Cohen Songs

A look at some of the most poetic, and beautiful, songs written by the iconic singer/songwriter

Read More

NBA’s Omri Casspi Brings Basketballs to Israeli Troops

July 31, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
NBA’s Omri Casspi Brings Basketballs to Israeli Troops

The Sacramento Kings player, currently in Israel, decided to visit soldiers.

Read More

Joan Rivers Defends Israel Again, Blames Pro-Gaza Opinions On Bad PR [VIDEO]

July 31, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Joan Rivers Defends Israel Again, Blames Pro-Gaza Opinions On Bad PR [VIDEO]

The comedian joins Israel's Channel 10 to share her opinions on the current conflict

Read More

Dianna Agron Stars in New Sam Smith Music Video

July 31, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Dianna Agron Stars in New Sam Smith Music Video

The 'Glee' actress appears alongside 'The Mindy Project's' Chris Messina

Read More

Chelsea Handler to Moderate ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Event

July 31, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Chelsea Handler to Moderate ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Event

The late night comedian will host a panel discussion in Los Angeles

Read More

Startup Club: HopOn

July 31, 2014 | By Caitlin Marceau
Startup Club: HopOn

The Tel Aviv-based company looks to make the morning commute to work a pain-free and simple endeavor

Read More

A Prayer to the God of Social Media

July 31, 2014 | By Fania Oz-Salzberger
A Prayer to the God of Social Media

Almighty master of cyberspace, help us to maintain our sense of humor, and save me from having to unfriend or unfollow anyone

Read More

More Headlines