Shalom Life | August 06, 2015

Israel Wins 61 Medals in Special Olympics

Of the medals won in Los Angeles, 25 are gold, 18 silver and 18 bronze

By: Avraham Teshuva, Lea Schneider

Published: August 3rd, 2015 in Sports » Israel

Photo: Lin Kornhauser at the Special Olympics


The Israeli delegation to the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles will return to Israel on Tuesday with a bundle of 61 medals – 25 gold, 18 silver and 18 bronze.

Israel is one of 177 countries who sent athletes to compete in the Special Olympics, but got a particular honor when Eliyahu Somer, a basketball player, was one of seven who were chosen to carry the Olympic torch during the opening ceremony of the competition.

Unlike most competitions in which Iranian athletes traditionally boycott meetings with Israelis, in the World Games the relationship between the delegations were warm, and members of the Iranian delegation took photographs with the Israeli delegation during the competitions and spoke at length about the political situation between the two countries.

The games are held in accordance with the level of the participant through a division into different levels of capability, so as to meet the different needs of every individual participant or sport team. As a result, the athletes compete against those who have the same level of ability professionally (and not mentally).

Iran and Israel at the Special Olympics (Photo: Special Olympics Facebook page)

Iran and Israel at the Special Olympics (Photo: Special Olympics Facebook page)

Israel's wheelchair basketball team came in first place in the tournament and brought home the gold after defeating the Czech Republic 69:60, Austria 68:59 and Latvia 64:31. Roi Rosenberg, Lior Dror and Alon Dor-On all scored many points.

Israel's wheelchair basketball team
Israel's wheelchair basketball team

They will participate in the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships, which will take place from August 28 to September 6 in Worcester, UK.

Israel is in group B and and will play against the Netherlands, Turkey, Switzerland, Sweden and Italy. The Group A teams are Britain, Poland, Spain, Czech Republic, Germany and France.

The five teams who rank first in the championships teams will ensure their place in the Paralympics to be held next year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Reprinted with permission from Ynet News

Jews Still Face Anti-Semitism at Maccabi Games in Berlin Jews Still Face Anti-Semitism at Maccabi Games in Berlin TrendingJews Congregate in Berlin to Compete in Maccabi Games Jews Congregate in Berlin to Compete in Maccabi Games TrendingIsraeli Selected in MLB Draft for First Time in History Israeli Selected in MLB Draft for First Time in History Trending
 

This Popular Cam Girl Just Got Shut Down for Doing a Nazi Striptease

August 06, 2015 | By Daina Goldfinger
This Popular Cam Girl Just Got Shut Down for Doing a Nazi Striptease

Sunny Olivia's session attracted at least 3,300 viewers

Read More

Cartoonists use Satire to to Showcase Israel's Struggles

August 06, 2015 | By B. Shane Morganstein
Cartoonists use Satire to to Showcase Israel's Struggles

The Israeli Cartoon Project has animators using satire in order to highlight everyday difficulties of living in Israel

Read More

Islamic Rock Star Banned from Iran after Playing Israel Show

August 05, 2015 | By B. Shane Morganstein
Islamic Rock Star Banned from Iran after Playing Israel Show

Traveling to Israel is a crime in Iran, with a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison

Read More

Jewish Groups Refuse Air France's Apology for Excluding Israel from Map

August 05, 2015 | By B. Shane Morganstein
Jewish Groups Refuse Air France's Apology for Excluding Israel from Map

Though the airline blames the omission on a technical glitch, many Jews want to see more action taken by the airline

Read More

Op-Ed: Rivlin is Diregarding Threats on his Life - Just like Rabin

August 05, 2015 | By Eitan Haber
Op-Ed: Rivlin is Diregarding Threats on his Life - Just like Rabin

It takes only one crazy Jew out of eight million Israeli citizens to hurt and kill or injure, slain prime minister's bureau chief tells President Reuven Rivlin

Read More

2,000-Year-Old Mikveh Discovered in Jerusalem

August 05, 2015 | By B. Shane Morganstein
2,000-Year-Old Mikveh Discovered in Jerusalem

Archaeologists find mikveh featuring drawings on its walls in an underground cave

Read More

'Birthright Excel' a Success for 5th Year in a Row

August 05, 2015 | By B. Shane Morganstein
'Birthright Excel' a Success for 5th Year in a Row

The Excel program pairs students with Israeli businesses in the business and technology sectors

Read More

More Headlines