The 21-year-old judoka finished fifth in the men’s tournament of the Paris Grand Slam in February, but still met Israeli standards to win a late slot to the Israel Olympic delegation. Competing in the 66-kilogram category, he’s considered one of the country’s promising young martial artists.
Competing in the 73-kilogram category, Palelashvili immigrated to Israel from Georgia four years ago. In February, Palelashvili was disqualified from the Judo Grand Prix in Dusseldorf, Germany, after being suspected of stealing toothpaste from a supermarket in Dusseldorf – an incident that may have resulted from a misunderstanding due to the language barrier. But in [...]
Born in Bnei Brak in 1977, Arik Zeevi is widely recognized as the country’s most prominent judoka. A dan 5 black belt, he won his first national competition in judo in the adult class at the age of 14, becoming the country’s youngest champion ever.
He went on to win a bronze medal in the 2004 Olympics in the Judo 100kg class.
he first Israeli ever to win a medal at an international rhythmic gymnastics competition, 21-year-old Neta Rivkin consistently places in the top three at European and world championships, and competed at the 2008 Beijing Games.
Shahar Pe’er was born in Jerusalem in 1987, and won her first title at the age of 12. In 2001, she took first place in the Nike Junior Tour International Masters tennis tournament and became the youngest Israeli tennis player ever to win the Israeli women’s tennis championship.