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No Wins, But Plenty Of Pride

02/25/2010

The latest Israeli sports results: two W’s in the pride column.
In Vancouver, the brother-sister ice dancing team of Roman and Alexandra Zaretsky finished out of the medals in their second Winter Olympics appearance. But, performing to Jewish music in their final two routines, the pair ended in 10th place, a great improvement over their final 23rd place showing four years ago in Turin.

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Good Skates For Israel

01/23/2009
Staff Writer
Two names to keep in mind — Alexandra and Roman Zaretsky. They’re Israel’s top-ranked ice dancing team, 22nd- place finishers in the 2006 Winter Olympic Games at Turin, and likely competitors in Vancouver next year. This week they took part in the European Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki, which ends on Sunday. The brother and sister — Alexandra is sometimes knows as Sasha — were in the middle of the pack after the compulsory dance part of the program.

Good Skates For Israel

01/21/2009
Staff Writer
Two names to keep in mind — Alexandra and Roman Zaretsky. They’re Israel’s top-ranked ice dancing team, 22nd- place finishers in the 2006 Winter Olympic Games at Turin, and likely competitors in Vancouver next year.

Another Hero Of Turin

04/07/2006
Staff Writer
Emanuel Segre Amar, a member of a prominent Jewish family in Turin, buttonholed a Jewish visitor from the U.S. during the recent Winter Olympics with questions about a certain New York Jewish family he wants to contact. Segre Amar doesn't know their name, or when they left Italy, their homeland. All he knows is they live (or lived) here, and owe their lives to Attilio Francesetti.

Up To The Challenge

03/10/2006
Staff Writer
Three days after the Olympic torch in the center of Turin was extinguished last week, marking the end of the XX Winter Olympics, another Olympic torch relay began in the streets of Italy. This torch is part of the Paralympics (the "parallel Olympics" for the physically challenged) that will be held in Turin and the nearby Alps March 10-19. The Paralympics, a 56-year-old sporting institution, at first glance are not a Jewish event; few of this year's participating athletes are known to be Jewish.

Getting His Olympic Goal

03/03/2006
Staff Writer
One goal, no gold. Mathieu Schneider accomplished only half of what he had hoped to at the XX Winter Olympics in Turin, which ended this week. Schneider, the only Jewish player on the American hockey team and one of only a few Jews in the National Hockey League, had played in one previous Olympics, in 1998 in Nagano, Japan. The Americans finished out of the medals there, and Schneider, a defenseman who has scored nearly 200 goals during an 18-year NHL career, did not score.

Tale Of The Torchbearer

02/24/2006
Staff Writer
Turin, Italy: Vladimir Prikuptes brought his own Olympic torch to the Winter Games. Prikupets, a 74-year-old native of Odessa who immigrated to San Francisco in 1975, for the past two weeks here has shlepped in a navy blue pouch a curving, polished silver torch he had bought after serving as a torchbearer before the Athens Olympics in 2004. He held it up, unlit, during the opening ceremonies here as his personal, silent statement in memory of the victims of persecution.

A Trip To Remember

02/24/2006
Staff Writer
Turin, ItalyIsrael's winter Olympians will have to wait at least another four years to make history. Ice dancers Galit Chait and Sergei Sakhnovskiy were given the best chance of winning the country's first-ever medals in the Winter Games. They have been ranked among the world's best pairs since 2000 and won several medals at international competitions. Then Chait fell.

Skating On Thin Ice?

02/17/2006
Staff Writer
Turin, Italy It was quiet this week in Piazza della Repubblica. In the streets around Republic Square, the center of the growing Arab neighborhood in this city playing host to the Winter Olympics for two weeks, commerce reigned. In the winding alleys, in the warrens of an open-air market, in front of halal food stores and Arabic travel agencies, flocks of bundled-up tourists, some wearing distinctive blue-and-white Israeli warmup jackets, vied for space with TV crews.

On The Right Track

02/17/2006
Staff Writer
Turin, Italy This time Adam Rosen heard from the American coaches.
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