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Israeli Special Olympics Team Wins 61 Medals

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We extend our hearty congratulations to Israel’s Special Olympics athletes, who turned in impressive performances at the recent competition in L.A. And we love the spirit of unity these games fostered.

The Israeli delegation to the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles will return to Israel on Tuesday with a bundle of 61 medals – 25 gold, 18 silver and 18 bronze.

Israel is one of 177 countries who sent athletes to compete in the Special Olympics, but got a particular honor when Eliyahu Somer, a basketball player, was one of seven who were chosen to carry the Olympic torch during the opening ceremony of the competition.

Unlike most competitions in which Iranian athletes traditionally boycott meetings with Israelis, in the World Games the relationship between the delegations were warm, and members of the Iranian delegation took photographs with the Israeli delegation during the competitions and spoke at length about the political situation between the two countries.

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