The 2016 Summer Olympics have started! But how well do you know Israel's largest ever Olympic team? Our friends at ISRAEL21c share 18 interesting facts about the inspiring athletes, all to help you cheer on Israel with conviction during the Rio games!
1. Israel has won seven Olympic medals — five bronze, one silver and one gold — since it first competed as a nation in 1952. The medalists: Yael Arad (silver, judo, 1992), Oren Smadja (bronze, judo, 1992); Gal Fridman (bronze, sailing, 1996); Michael Kolganov (bronze, canoeing, 2000); Ariel Zeevi (judo, bronze, 2004), Gal Fridman (gold, sailing, 2004); Shahar Zubari (bronze, sailing, 2008).
2. Israel will send 47 athletes to the 2016 Rio Olympics.
3. All of Israel’s Olympic medals were won during the Summer Games.