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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.

Water Polo

Merrill Moses – U.S. (men’s water polo)


Moses plays goalkeeper for the U.S. men’s national water polo team. The 34-year-old was also a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic team in Beijing that won the silver medal. Moses was named to the Olympic all-star team that year as the best goalie in the water polo tournament. He also won the NCAA National Championship in 1997 while competing for Pepperdine. Moses was named MVP of the tournament after blocking 70 shots. In 2004, he worked his way through the national team system but was the final player cut from water polo team that competed in Athens.

The U.S. men’s water polo team will kick of the preliminary round against Montenegro at 7:40 p.m. on July 29. It will face Romania two days later at the same time, followed by Great Britain at 6:20 p.m. on August 2. The final two matchups for the U.S. will see it face Serbia on August 4 at 7:40 p.m. and Hungary on August 6 at 3:30 p.m. The rest of the men’s water polo tournament schedule can be viewed here.

Rowing

David Banks – U.S. (men’s eight)


28-year-old Banks will participate in his second Olympics this summer, after he and his crew finished ninth place in Beijing four years ago. The 2008 Olympics were also Banks’ first experience on the U.S. national team. That same year, the crew won bronze at the 2008 World Cup. Banks has won bronze in the pair in the 2009 World Cup in Lucerne and finished fifth that year in the pair at the World Rowing Championships. He was a member of the eight boat that finished sixth at both the 2010 World Cup and World Rowing Championships.

The U.S. men’s eight rowing team will participate in the first heat on July 28 at 10:10 a.m. The competition will continue July 30 at 9:50 a.m. and finals are scheduled August 1 at 10:30 a.m.


-With files from London2012.com, Jewish Virtual Library, the Jewish Chronicle and the Times of Israel.

*Please note that all scheduled times listed for various events are local time in London, England.

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