First Israeli Woman to Win Olympic Gold

Stand for Israel  |  August 9, 2021

Gymnastics - Rhythmic - Olympics: Day 15
TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 07: Linoy Ashram of Team Israel competes during the Individual All-Around Final on day fifteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on August 07, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Earlier during the Tokyo Olympics, Stand for Israel reported to you on Israel’s second-ever gold medalist. Now, Linoy Ashram has become the first Israeli woman to take home Olympic gold! The Times of Israel tells us about this native Israeli who shocked the world of rhythmic gymnastics, usually dominated by athletes from the former Soviet Union:

Rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram won Israel’s third-ever Olympic gold medal on Saturday, beating out tough competition to take the top spot on the Tokyo 2020 podium and ending over two decades of Russian dominance in the sport.

Ashram is the first Israeli woman to win a gold at the Olympics.

“It’s what I dreamed of for all my life,” Ashram said after the win.

“It’s an amazing feeling to stand in this place, at this time, on the podium and in first place,” said the 22-year-old gymnast who has now been picked to carry the flag at the closing ceremony…

She was visibly moved as Israel’s national anthem, Hatikva, rang out through the gymnastics center as the flag was raised…

Congratulations, to Linoy and all of the other Israeli athletes who have not only competed hard for the Holy Land, but who have been, as the prophet said, “a light to the nations” (Isaiah 51:4).

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