Jewish athletes were this week
celebrating winning medals at the Sochi Winter Olympics, helping America
and Canada to silver and bronze success.
American figure skaters
Jason Brown and Charlie White were part of a team of eight who saw Team
USA win bronze, while Dylan Moscovitch won silver with the Canadian
national team in the same event.
with his win, Brown said: “I don’t even know where to begin. The team
event was absolutely incredible! From start to finish, the excitement
just continued to build and I am so honoured to be a part of this team,
and to have represented team USA in the first ever figure skating team
event! I’m so proud of my teammates and the performances they put out!
looked up to these seven athletes for years. They’ve been huge
inspirations to me, so standing on that medal stand tonight, alongside
them was truly special, it’s a moment I will never forget and sharing it
with these seven unbelievable athletes was beyond a dream come true. We
will always be Olympic bronze medallists together, as a team!”
as ecstatic with the win, White said: “What an amazing and historic
moment! So lucky to be part of a team that showed courage, fortitude,
and a lot of great skating! We worked really hard to earn that Olympic
medal – something that will be uniting us together as family for the
rest of our lives.”
Other American Jewish athletes who are in
action include skier Jared Goldberg, cross-country skier Noah Hoffman
and figure skater Simon Shnapir.
Israeli athletes haven’t though
been as successful. And with the country still in search of their first
Winter Olympics medal, short track speed skater Vladislav Bykanov came
agonisingly close to qualifying for the semi-finals of the 1,500m event,
missing out by 0.8 seconds. Israel’s flag bearer at the Opening
Ceremony will though compete in the 1,000m race later on Thursday, and
the 500m race on Tuesday.
Figure skaters Evgeni Krasnopolski and
Andrea Davidovich did qualify for their medal race, after finishing in
15th place – out of 20 – in the short program of the event. Speaking
after qualifying, Krasnopolski said: “It’s a fantastic feeling. We were
very tense all day and really nervous up to the last moment. In
technical terms we could have been better here and there, but the bottom
line is that we reached the final and that was our main aim.” However,
competing in the free skating on Wednesday afternoon, they finished the
pairs’ figure skating competition in 15th place, recording a result of
94.35 in the free skate portion of the event to end with a total score
of 147.73 points.
Skier Virgile Vandeput will also be in action
next week when he takes part in the giant slalom next Thursday, and the
slalom on 22 February.