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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
London 2012

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.

Swimming

Jason Lezak – U.S. (men’s 4 x 100 m freestyle relay)


Having already competed in the last three consecutive Summer Games, 36-year-old Jason Lezak is a seven-time Olympic medalist who has won four golds since his first Olympic Competition in Sydney 2000. The highlight of Lezak’s performance in the 2008 Beijing Games was arguably his headline-grabbing performance in the final leg of the relay that helped teammate Michael Phelps to a record-breaking medal haul. He has been crowned world champion twice and also won four gold medals at the 2009 Maccabiah Games in Israel. Lezak qualified for his fourth Olympics at the 2012 United States Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, finishing sixth place to earn his spot as a member of the U.S. 4x100-metre freestyle relay team.

The men’s 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay heats will begin July 29 at 11:56 a.m. Finals will take place at 8:54 p.m.

Anthony Ervin – U.S. (men’s 50 m freestyle)


After a long Olympic hiatus, 31-year-old Anthony Ervin returns to compete in the 2012 Summer Games. He last competed in the Olympics in the Sydney 2000 Games, where he won a gold medal in the men's 50-metre freestyle and a silver medal as a member of the U.S. relay team in the 4 x 100-meter freestyle event. Ervin was also the 2001 World Champion in the 50-metre and 100-metre freestyle. In March 2001, he was elected to the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Ervin qualified for his second Olympic team at the 2012 United States Olympic Trials in Omaha by finishing second in the in the men's 50-metre freestyle with a time of 21.60, a personal best.

Men’s 50 metre freestyle heats begin August 2 and 10 a.m. Semifinals will take place later that day at 7:30 p.m. and the finals are scheduled the following day at 8:09 p.m.

Sailing

Jo Aleh – New Zealand (women’s 470)


26-year-old sailor Joe Aleh is New Zealand’s lone Jewish athlete. She will compete alongside her partner sailing partner Olivia Powdrie in London after finishing in a disappointing seventh place in the Laser Radial class in Beijing 2008. Aleh and Powdrie won the women’s 470 class in June’s last World Cup event of 2012 and finished fourth at the Barcelona World Championships in May. They are the current New Zealand 470 national champions. Aleh’s best result to date is winning the 420 World Championships in 2007.

Race 1 of women’s 470 will take place August 3 at noon. The medal race is scheduled for August 10 at 1 p.m. For the other nine races in between, click here.

Mark Mendelblatt – U.S. (men’s star)


At 39-years old, Mendelblatt will be competing in his second Olympics. His first was eight years ago in Athens when he competed in laser and finished eighth. That same year, he placed fourth out of 96 boats at the Laser European Championship, sixth out of 58 lasers at the Princess Sofia competition in Spain, and 12th out of 159 Lasers at Hyeres Week in France. In May 2004, he won a silver medal at the Laser World Championships in Turkey, placing 2nd out of 145 boats and was named Athlete of the Year by U.S. Sailing for the second time.

Race 1 of the men’s star competition begins July 29 at 1:35 p.m. The final round is scheduled August 5 at 1 p.m. For the other nine races in between, click here.

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