Yesterday, the Olympic flame was extinguished during the closing ceremony and the 2016 Games officially ended. While Israel didn’t bring home any gold medals, the two judo winners, Yarden Gerbi and Or Sasson, were welcomed home to Israel with lots of excitement and pride.
Ilana Koshbetzki, captain of the rhythmic gymnastics team, which finished sixth on Sunday, carried the flag as the Israeli athletes still in Rio — many had already returned to Israel — marched in the closing ceremony.
Israel’s 47-member delegation to Rio, the largest ever, returned home with two bronze medals, both in judo. It was a marked improvement on the 2012 showing in London, from which Israel’s athletes returned without a single medal…
Israelis also competed in three new sports: golf, triathlon, and mountain biking. Overall, Israelis were in 17 sporting competitions, up from 10 in London.
And more than half the Israeli delegation was made up of women, noted Lustig.