ROME – Italian and Israeli cyclists are paying tribute this week to Gino Bartali, an Italian cycling champion who saved hundreds of Jews du…
In the scandal-tarred world of professional cycling, Charles Aaron has managed to achieve success with integrity. And he still has Shabbat dinner with his parents every Friday.
A classic illustration of chutzpah is the man who kills his parents, then seeks mercy because he’s an orphan. Lance Armstrong is no less brazen, nor any less manipulative.
Great Britain’s success in the Olympic cycling during London 2012 has inspired many Londoners to literally take to their bikes. London’s hire bikes known as ‘Boris Bikes’ after London mayor Boris Johnson who introduced them, have been particularly popular with city dwellers and tourists alike: Mayor of London Boris Johnson: “You’re crazy not to be on a bike today, it’s absolutely beautiful, I’ve been cycling in my suit and it’s perfectly fragrant (laughter), and I thoroughly recommend it, it is the most wonderful way to get around a city like London.” Many seem to feel London is better seen on two wheels than on two feet: Steffano Velandi, Italian tourist: “It’s a very comfortable system for touring the city, it’s nice to ride the bike and see the city. You don’t get tired compared with touring by foot. It’s very good.” Keith Waller, electrician from London: “I do think the Olympics has helped. I think in the long run it’s going to be a big thing for people. I think it’s going to be a big inspiration.” London 2012 reaches its conclusion on the 12th August.
Nurit Engelmeyer is a champion bicyclist. Only 15 years old, she has already taken home a slew of medals and won this year’s National Road Bicycling championship and the Time Trial National championship, though with her shy modesty and gentle demeanor, she is the last person to let anyone know. She trains six days a week, can often be seen on the Modi’in roads with her gear, and she gives many of us – by us, I mean her Mom’s friends – a huge, vicarious thrill.
A groundbreaking non-profit in Israel allows disabled people to join in sporting activities from sailing to waterskiing to extreme sports. Etgarim (www.etgarim.org was formed to help handicapped Israelis take part in outdoor sports and extreme sports. The non-profit organization was founded in 1995 by two Israel Defense Force veterans who became disabled during their army service. The two saw that there was no equipment, facilities or activities for people with disabilities. Today, thanks to Etgarim, more than 5000 children and 700 adults participate in strenuous activities such as running, cycling, sailing and rope sports. The founders believe that the effects of the activities carry over into all areas of the participants’ lives, building confidence and self-esteem. Adi Schneider, international resource development manager at Etgarim, says results of the experiences are translated into improved performance at school and better relationships with family and friends. Etgarim’s activities allow participants to face challenges and overcome their fears — while having a fun and exciting time. Download links (copy/paste to browser): Streaming video: www.megaupload.com Download HiRes: www.megaupload.com Script: www.megaupload.com