The 2018 Winter Olympics officially kick off tonight with the opening ceremonies. The ten athletes representing the Holy Land will compete in four sports – short-track speed skating, alpine skiing, skeleton racing, and figure skating – and include a team member known as the Hebrew Hammer.
This is Israel’s largest-ever Winter Olympics delegation since its first participation in the Games in 1994. Three of the current teammates also competed in 2014: Bychenko, Krasnopolsky and Bykanov.
Israel has never won a medal in a Winter Olympics. This year, many fans have their hopes pinned on Bychenko, who earned the silver medal in the 2016 European Figure Skating Championships and is known for mastering difficult moves such as the quadruple jump.
Learn about each of the athletes here. And join us in cheering on Team Israel!