Beijing Olympics: Jewish Update Part II

Alas, the ├╝ber-hyped 2008 Beijing Olympics are upon us. A few weeks ago, we had an overview of Jewish news related to the Games, and we're pleased to bring a second installment. You'd probably like to know, for example, how many American-Jews will be competing. The answer to that is seven, led by four swimmers. Jason Lezak, Ben Wildman-Tobriner, Garrett Weber-Gale, and Dara Torres lead the way. The three men, in fact, will most likely comprise three-fourths of the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay. And Torres, the 41 year-old sprinter who has nine medals to her name, is enshrined in the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and will be competing in her fifth Games, hardly needs an introduction. Another water-related athlete is Rami Zur, a kayaker who competed for Israel in 2000 and the U.S. in...

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