Over the past few weeks, we have tried to keep the Olympic spirit alive by bringing you stories of Israel's courageous and gifted Paralympic athletes. Today, Abigal Klein Leichman of Israel21c tells us about yet another of the Jewish state's medalists - shooting champion Doron Shaziri:
When he was a 19-year-old soldier in 1987, Shaziri lost a leg in a landmine explosion near the Lebanese border. By 1989 he was training in both shooting and wheelchair basketball at the IDF Disabled Veterans Organization’s Beit Halochem in Tel Aviv.
“We all know we are our own worst enemies and we must learn to live well with ourselves and accept all our faults,” Shaziri tells ISRAEL21c.
“These things in life are relevant to shooting. You have crises and highs and you have to control your reactions to all of it. You have to feel good; you can’t shoot when you’re down or stressed. You have to be relaxed, and one way to do that is to smile...”