Israel at the Olympics

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Israel at the Olympic Games

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IOC code  ISR
NOC The Olympic Committee of Israel
Website www.olympic.one.co.il (Hebrew) (English)
Olympic history
Summer Games
Winter Games

Israel has competed at the Olympic Games as a nation since 1952. Its National Olympic Committee was formed in 1933 during the British Mandate of Palestine. As the team represented the Jewish community, it boycotted the 1936 Games in Germany in protest of the Nazi Party's anti-Semitic policies.[citation needed] Israel has sent a team to each Summer Olympic Games since 1952 (except when they participated in the American-led boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics) and to each Winter Olympic Games since 1994. In 1972, 11 members of the Israeli delegation were murdered by members of Black September Palestinian terrorist group.

History[edit]

Israel won its first Olympic medal in its tenth Olympic appearance, in 1992. Judoka Yael Arad was credited with the first medal in Israel's history, a silver. She was followed a day later by another judoka, Oren Smadja, who won bronze. Since then, Israel won at least one medal in five successive Summer Olympics until the streak ended in 2012. In 2004, Gal Fridman became Israel's first and only gold medallist in men's windsurfing. This was his second medal, following his bronze in 1996, and he is the only multi-medallist.

Israel has been more successful at the Paralympic Games than at the Olympics.

List of medalists[edit]

Medal Name Games Sport Event
 Silver Arad, YaelYael Arad Spain 1992 Barcelona Judo pictogram.svg Judo Women's half middleweight
 Bronze Smadja, OrenOren Smadja Spain 1992 Barcelona Judo pictogram.svg Judo Men's lightweight
 Bronze Fridman, GalGal Fridman United States 1996 Atlanta Sailing pictogram.svg Sailing Men's sailboard
 Bronze Kolganov, MichaelMichael Kolganov Australia 2000 Sydney Canoeing (flatwater) pictogram.svg Canoeing Men's K-1 500 metres
 Bronze Zeevi, ArielAriel Zeevi Greece 2004 Athens Judo pictogram.svg Judo Men's half heavyweight
 Gold Fridman, GalGal Fridman Greece 2004 Athens Sailing pictogram.svg Sailing Men's sailboard
 Bronze Tzuberi, ShaharShahar Tzuberi China 2008 Beijing Sailing pictogram.svg Sailing Men's sailboard

Medal tables[edit]

Medals by Games[edit]

Games Gold Silver Bronze Total
1992 Barcelona 0 1 1 2
1996 Atlanta 0 0 1 1
2000 Sydney 0 0 1 1
2004 Athens 1 0 1 2
2008 Beijing 0 0 1 1
Total 1 1 5 7

Medals by sport[edit]

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
Sailing 1 0 2 3
Judo 0 1 2 3
Canoeing 0 0 1 1
Total 1 1 5 7

Olympic participants[edit]

320 athletes were members of the Israeli Olympic delegation, though six of them didn't actually take part in competitions.

Athletes by sports:

Sport Athletes Games Years[1]
Summer Olympics
Athletics 49 14 1952–1984, 1992–2012
Swimming[2] 44 15 1952–2012
Football 35 2 1968, 1976
Gymnastics[3] 31 9 1960, 1976–1992, 2000–2012
Sailing 31 10 1972–2012
Shooting 26 14 1952, 1960–2012
Judo 18 8 1976–1984, 1992–2012
Wrestling 14 7 1972–1976, 1988–2004
Basketball 13 1 1952
Fencing 13 9 1960, 1972–1984, 1992–2008
Weightlifting 11 6 1960, 1972–1984, 1992–1996
Tennis 9 6 1984–1992, 2004–2012
Canoe/Kayak 6 5 1984, 1996–2008
Boxing 5 3 1984–1988, 1996
Taekwondo 2 2 2004–2008
Cycling 2 1 1960
Table tennis 1 1 2004
Badminton 1 1 2012
Winter Olympics
Skating[4] 8 5 1994–2010
Skiing 1 2 2006–2010

Athletes killed in the 1972 Olympics[edit]

The eleven members of Israel's 1972 Olympic team murdered during the Munich massacre:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Excluding 1980 Summer Olympics
  2. ^ Including synchronized swimming and diving
  3. ^ Artistic gymnastics + Rhythmic gymnastics
  4. ^ Figure skating + Short track speed skating