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Israelis You Should Know: Inbal Pezaro

This week, the 2016 Paralympics in Rio get under way. And Israel21c's Abigail Klein Leichman tells us that four-time Israeli Paralympian Inbal Pezaro is expected to make a big splash in the pool:

This will be the fourth Paralympics for Israeli swimmer Inbal Pezaro, 29. She won silver and bronze medals in the 2004 Athens Games at age 16; three silver medals in Beijing in 2008, where she set a new Israeli record in the 100-meter freestyle; and three bronze medals in the 2012 London Games.

“I feel much more committed than I did in 2012,” Pezaro tells ISRAEL21c. “I’m a different person with each Paralympics.”

In Rio, Pezaro will swim the relay as well as the 50- and 100-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke and 200-meter medley events...

“My mother keeps all of them for me,” she confides. “It’s not like you get up once a week and want to look at your medals. They’re a symbol; a piece of metal. They’re not the most worthy thing I have in my life. But they do mean a lot for the country I represent and how high the flag is raised up.”

The country is indeed proud of Pezaro’s athletic accomplishments. In 2002 she was chosen to light one of the torches at the national Independence Day ceremony...

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