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14 Southeastern Vi rginid; Jawlah /dwi] J 1 ', 11 Israeli athletes on the road to glory at Atlanta 12th appearance of Israeli team at creme de la creme of athletic events uly 19 will mark more than the opening ceremonies of the 100th anniversary of the Olympic Games. It will mark the 12th appearance of Israeli athletes in the creme de la creme of athlet- ic events. A packed stadium and the eyes of the world will be riveted on the thousands of colorfully dressed athletes set to participate in the Centennial Olympics in Atlanta. But, a tiny Middle Eastern coun- try will be setting its sights on something else -- meeting or besting their achievements of 1992 -- hearing "Hatikvah" played at least twice while Israeli athletes stand proudly on the win- ner's platform. Though it took over five thousand years for the Munich 11 Blessed be their memories David Berger - weightlifter Yosef Guffreund. wrestling judge Moshe Weinberg. wrestling coach Eliezer Halfon. wrestler Mark Slavin - wrestler Zeev Friedman. wetghtlifter Yosef Romano - welghtlifter Keha Shor - shooting coach Andre Spltzer, fencing coach ' Altzur Shaptra - gymnastics coach Yaacov Springer. weightlift- ing judge VAN 6o6u PAJNTEP. SI4AKESPEARE WROTE. WE 00AKE BA6ELS. I qntCaUnUSI:n .uwmauat tuJo u It:llnIll &  Olin 8ZVl OAYI A Wltl( i. IM 118I IIIIIIIIII IIIIIIIII tiny Middle East country to become a nation, it only took ten Olympiads for them to enter the winning circle. Israel earned its first medals in Barcelona in 1992 as judo's Yael Arad took the silver medal and a few days later, teammate Oren Smegda, a bronze, a mere 40 years after Israel's first appear- ance in Helsinki in 1952. Other Olympic Games will be remembered lor all times, but not with the same kind of pleasant memories. The sporting world was shocked and outraged when I1 Israeli athletes, coaches and judges were murdered in cold blood by Arab terrorists in the midst of the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Those games will forever be remembered with eternal disgrace. For this summer's competition, Israel will send a diversified dele- gation comprised of native lsraelis and immigrants from the former CIS and the U.S. Israel will compete in boxing, fencing, judo, sailing, shooting, swimming, track & field and wrestling (info as of April '96). Judo -- Yael Arad, 28, and Oren Smegda, 25, will make their second appearance. Yael, who lit Yael Arad, Israel' s first Olympic medalist, took the silver in 1992 in judo's 61-kilo division; gold at the 1993 European championships. (Photo by Esteban Altermsn) the torch at the 1993 Maccabiah Games opening ceremonies, has had a busy year. And in spite of her October wedding and a slow recovery from injuries, she still managed to come in fifth at the 1995 World Championships in Japan and earned a bronze in an international competition in Moscow in 1996. Preparing hard for Atlanta, she is out to prove that her second place finish in 1992 was no fluke. She will dedi- cate her matches to the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was Baruch Masumi As the dust begins to settle down in Georgia this summer and Atlantians begin to think about reclaiming their city, the hoopla will start up again. Over 5,000 athletes will come togeth- er for another set of games the Paralympic Games to showcase their talents in 18 dif- ferent sports Aug. 15-26. Among the more than 100 countries will be athletes from Israel. Israel expects to send 42 ath- letes and 16 escorts (coaches and attendants) to participate in nine sports -- equestrians, lawn bowls, power lifting, riflery, swimming, table tennis, tennis. track & field and volleyball. Paralympic athletes qualify in different disability categories ranging from amputees, para- lyzed, Cerebral Palsy afflicted and blindness. Seven swimmers will take to a close friend and someone who shared her passion for sports. Smegda's change of weight class, from 72 kg to 78 kg, left him with a disappointing few years since the 1992 Olympics. But, by intensifying his training and increasing his determination, he earned a silver medal at the 1995 World Championships in Japan. Israel's medalists will be joined by Guy Fogel, 20, of Rashana, who took a seventh place at the World Champi- onships; Amit Lang, 25, of Tel Aviv, who took a fifth place in the European Championships; and Quest for Gold ... Israeli alhletes look for success in Atlanta at Paralymics whom will be coached by Alan Fine. Rifle Shooting will send four four athletes: Doron Shaziri, Avraham Hadasi, Yehoram Ben-Haim and Eli Havara and coach Dudu Leibovitch. Lawn Bowling is sending three athletes and their coach- es/guides. Tamar Karmen and her guide Ivan Israel; Ikhak Baranes and his guide Alex Goldschmidt and Akiva Farber who is coached by Zvi Fried- man. Four athletes will vie for medals in Equestrian events: Uri Easha, Sivan Mor, Nati Amar, and Eyal Shachar. Their coach is Anita Shkedi. In power lifting, three ath- letes will compete: Avi Streuch, Baruch Massami and Dotan Meishar. Their coach is Avra- ham Sruner. Ten athletes will compete in volleyball: Hagai Zamir, player and coach. Eliezer Kalina, Zvi Karasch, Nissim Franco, Gil Hava, Ya'ir Ben-Dor, Ronen Avivi. Gadi Lanser, Chen Zur and Chaim Pintutz. (As of M 1996) (Reprinted: Spor]s Scene, a Publication fo Macjdab USASports for Israel, Summer, 1996) the water. Ronny Bolotin, a player and coach; Hanoch Budin (who lit the torch at the 1989 Maccabiah Games), Izhar Cohen, Ziv Beter, Shlomi Eiger, Uri Moses and Shlomo Pinto. The swimmers will compete in various strokes in different dis- tances. Three athletes will represent Israel in track & field. Yogev Kenzi will compete in the 100m, 200m and 4OOm events as well as the long jump. Kenzi is coached by Moshe Hahamov. Nahman Wolf will throw the javelin, discus and shotput. Nahman, who is coached by Yoav Sherf, is a former world and Olympic champion in dis- cus. Ziv Bar-Shira will compete in the longer distances at 1500m, 5000m, and marathon. Table-tennis will send four athletes: Zeev Glickman (player and coach), Saguy Zuterman, Shlomo Aharoni and, Eli Atiah. Glickman and Zuterman will partner and Aharoni and Atiah will partner in team events. Four athletes, two men and two women, will compete, in wheelchair tennis. The womeri are Tiki Avishai and Kinneret Wallach and the men "are Eyal Shertov and Ziv Ptich/, all' of ' Nahum Rogel was the Israeli record holder in the long, high and triple jump in 1990. (Photo by Adl Avlshai) Einat Yaron, 22, from Herzilya, who scored a bronze at the Euro- pean Championships. Wrest!.ing -- Guccia Chichi- ashvilli,.21,1will take to the mats Greco-Rom/m style. The Beershe- va resident who emigrated from the Republic of Georgia, achieved his best results on the internation- al scene in 1995, earning a silver at the Prague World Champi- onships and a bronze at the Euro- pean Championships in France. Boxing- Yaacov Shmuel, 27, and Yuri Korlinsky, 32, competed in Seoul in 1988. Representing Maccabi TeI-Aviv, the taxi driver from Or Yehuda reached the quar- ter finals. Teammate Korlinsky, from Eilat, is working hard to make his mark at the 1996 com- petition. Fencing -- Four women from Acre will represent Israel. The most experienced of the group is Lydia Hatoel-Zuckerman, 32, who will mark herhird appear- ance, having participated in Los Angeles and Barcelona. The oth- ers are Lilach Padisky, 23, a uni- versity student; Ayelet Ohayon, 21, who just complied her mili- tary service, and Kira Slovot- skaya, 24, a university student. Sailing -- Israeli sailors have been winning world and Euro- pean championships since the late 1960s. Because Olympic regula- tions only permit one team to represent Israel, two duos are vying for their spot on the team: brothers Ran, 24, and Nir, 26, Shen-Tal, both students who live in Holon; and Eli Zuckerman and Saar Bar, 20. The Shen-Tal brothers took a bronze medal at the 1995 World Championships held in Savannah, GA. High hopes for a medal rest with Gal Friedman, 20, who out surfed Amit lnbar to earn his place on the 1996 Olympic,Team. Friedman, a resident of Karkur, placed second at the windsurfing World Championships held in Haifa this past March to earn the title of Israel champion and run- ner-up to the European champion. Female sailors Anat Fabricant,, 20, and Shani Kadmi, 18, will compete in the 470 model sailboat event. Lior Cirmi, 20, is expected CONTINUED ON PAGE 16