Odessa

God's Welterweight

12/09/2005
Staff Writer
This champ sees God in the speed bag, halacha in the heavy bag, and when he does his roadwork on the streets of Midwood, he feels the presence of the divine. And like the more famous Champ that came before him, one Muhammad Ali, this smaller, very Jewish champ can turn a phrase and deliver some lip. "Anyone who wants a good whuppin' from me is just going to have to wait until sundown [on Saturday]," says Dmitriy Salita, the "Star of David," as he's called in the boxing business.

Fall On The Boardwalk

11/10/2006
Staff Writer
A fall day. A stroll on the boardwalk. Some crumbs thrown to the seagulls. In Odessa, in Ukraine, along the shore of the Black Sea, that was a rite of passage. In Brighton Beach, in southern Brooklyn, along the Atlantic shore, this is a transplanted tradition.

Still Out In The Cold

02/08/2002
Staff Writer
Yossi Goldberg played soccer and basketball as a boy growing up in Israel, but figure skating was in his blood — his mother was a figure skater in Lithuania. That, says Goldberg, founder and president of the Israeli Figure Skating Association, is why he has devoted a dozen years to a winter sport in a Mediterranean country.

Olympic Games 2000: Hopes Up Down Under

09/15/2000
Staff Writer
Who remembers Alfred Hajos-Guttman? He was the Mark Spitz of his day — 1896. At the first modern Olympic Games, in Athens, the Hungarian swimmer won two gold medals, in 100-meter and 1,500-meter freestyle. Jewish athletes won eight more medals at the inaugural Games, starting a sporting tradition that continues until today.
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