Dara Torres made a splash over the weekend at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Neb. She not only qualified for two individual events at the 2008 Beijing Olympics — her fifth time at the games — but she also won the finals of the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle events, and set the American record in the 50-meter free.
Israel’s only Olympic gold medalist, Gal Fridman, will not go to Beijing this summer to defend his 2004 windsurfing title. Instead, the country’s lone male sailboarder will be 21-year-old Shahar Zubari of Eilat, who secured the right to represent Israel by capturing a bronze medal in January in this year’s World Championships in New Zealand.
Later this month, Israel’s Hagar Finer will have what she calls “the biggest opportunity” of her professional boxing career.
Jewish icons such as Shimon Peres and Barbra Streisand were easy to find among the raincoat-clad crowd last week, when 30,000 people gathered for the dedication of the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Ark. But it would have taken a more discerning eye to spot David J. Kahn, even though his work has been fairly ubiquitous since the
One of the most indelible images of the Athens Olympics was the Israeli flag being raised for the first time to the strains of “HaTikva,” a song that has been as haunting and evocative of sadness as it has been reminiscent of moments of happiness. On August 25, it was raised for Gal Fridman, a sailboarder who embraced the wind to capture