Olympics

Israeli Medalist Auctioning Autographed Olympic Name Patch For Charity

08/23/2016 - 11:21

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli judoka Yarden Gerbi, who won a bronze medal in the women’s 63-kg judo competition at the Rio Olympics, is auctioning off her Olympic name patch for charity.

Yarden Gerbi of Israel celebrating he victory over Miku Tashiro of Japan in the women’s bronze medal judo bout. JTA

Jewish Fans Find Religious Way To Toast Aly Raisman’s Success

08/19/2016 - 10:25
RNS

(RNS) Dovid Green and his wife, Amy, are huge Aly Raisman fans. Orthodox Jews, they appreciate the pride the world-class gymnast takes in her Jewishness.

Aly Raisman competes on the vault during the women's individual all-around gymnastics final in Rio de Janeiro. RNS

Aly Raisman Wins Third Medal At Rio Olympics

08/17/2016 - 10:16

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — American Jewish gymnast Aly Raisman won her third medal of the Rio Olympics on Tuesday — a silver in the floor exercise.

Aly Raisman celebrates winning a silver medal in the floor exercise at the Rio Olympic Arena. (Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Jewish Swimmer Anthony Ervin Becomes Oldest Individual Swimming Gold Medalist

08/16/2016 - 12:16

(JTA) — Jewish swimmer Anthony Ervin became the oldest Olympic gold medalist in an individual swimming event, at 35 capping a comeback from burnout and drug use in the aftermath of his gold medal at 19.

Anthony Ervin reacting after winning the men’s 50-meter freestyle final at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro (JTA)

Israel’s Second Medal In Rio Comes Again From Judo

08/15/2016 - 10:23

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) – Ori Sasson of Israel won a bronze medal in the men’s judo over-100 kg. competition.

Or Sasson kissing his bronze medal on the podium during the Men’s +100kg Judo contest in Rio de Janeiro (Elsa/Getty Images)

Rio Pays Tribute To 11 Israeli Victims Of ’72 Munich Olympic Massacre

08/15/2016 - 10:18

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee, Brazilian senior officials joined sports activists from Israel and elsewhere at a commemoration of the 11 Israeli victims of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre.

The 11 Israeli victims of the massacre at the ’72 Munich Olympics. (JTA)

Katie Ledecky’s Jewish History Surfaces As She Swims For Gold

The “First Lady of Freestyle” lost family in the Holocaust.

08/09/2016 - 14:19
Editorial Intern

Katie Ledecky has drive.

Katie Ledecky poses with her gold medal from the 400-meter freestyle event at the Rio Olympic Games. Ian MacNicol/Getty Images.

Golden Memories For Israelis At European Games In Baku

07/06/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Shut out from the medals podium at the Summer Olympics in London three years ago, Israeli athletes returned home from their latest international sporting competition with better results last week.

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Israeli Firm Brings Snow To Russian Olympics

02/03/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Israel is not bringing snow to the Winter Olympics, but one Israeli firm will help guarantee that there will be enough snow for Sochi’s skiing events.

Snowmaking machines like this will guarantee Olympic-quality ski slopes at the Sochi Games. Photo via snowmakers.com

The Jewish Ponytail Seen Around The World

Figure skater Jason Brown is looking for gold in Sochi. And then he wants to go on Birthright.

02/03/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

A rising star at the junior level of American figure skating, Jason Brown, 19, was little known to most sports fans a year ago. “The average Winter Olympics fan couldn’t have picked Brown out of a lineup two weeks ago,” the mashable.com social media website declared at the time. Brown himself gave little thought to qualifying for the U.S. team at the Sochi Games. Maybe he’d go to the Winter Games in 2018, or 2022.

Jason Brown: Has skated to sudden fame. Getty Images
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