2009 Maccabiah Games

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18th Maccabiah
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לגעת ברגעים גדולים
Touched by Greatness[1]
Host city Tel Aviv
Nations participating 55
Debuting countries  Grenada
Athletes participating 9,000
Opening ceremony July 12, 2009
Closing ceremony July 24, 2009
Officially opened by Jason Lezak
Main venue Ramat Gan Stadium
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The 2009 Maccabiah Games (Hebrew: המכביה ה-18 ישראל תשס"ט‎‎) were the 18th incarnation of the Maccabiah Games, being held in July 2009.[2] According to the organizing committee these were the largest games held yet. These Games are the world's fifth largest sporting event, behind the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, World Police and Fire Games and Universiade. On the 13th of July, more than 6,000 Jewish athletes from all over the world joined Team Israel's 3,000 participants at the Ramat Gan Stadium in Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv District, Israel, for the opening ceremony.[3]

The American delegation arrived two weeks prior to the games to hold practice sessions at a cost of more than two and a half million dollars.[4]

Greco-Roman wrestler Lindsey Durlacher was the flagbearer for the US, and pole vaulter Jillian Schwartz was one of the US banner bearers.[5] US swimmer Jason Lezak won four gold medals, while setting four Maccabiah records, and was named the most outstanding male athlete of the Games.[5] Chess grandmaster Judit Polgár from Hungary was named the Maccabiah's most outstanding female athlete of the Games.[5] American basketball player Dan Grunfeld led the US Open Men's Basketball team to a gold medal over Israel.[5]

Israeli Laetitia Beck won an individual gold medal and a team gold medal in golf at the Games.[6] Israeli swimmer Amit Ivry won a gold medal in the Women's 100m butterfly.[7][8] Brazilian Felipe Kitadai won a bronze medal, beating Lindsey Durlacher along the way.[9][10][11]

Participating communities[edit]


The following are the 31 sports which were contested at these Games.[13]

Medal count[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Israel 138 128 101 367
2  United States 44 51 51 146
3  Russia 12 11 11 34
4  Canada 9 8 15 32
5  Australia 4 7 13 24
6  United Kingdom 4 7 12 23
7  Brazil 3 4 8 15
8  Mexico 3 2 9 14
9  South Africa 5 1 2 8
10  France 4 2 0 6


  1. ^ בריקמן ינהל את קמפיין פרסום המכביה ה-18 (in Hebrew). One.co.il. 2009-06-08. Retrieved 2009-06-09. הסלוגן המוביל של המכביה יהיה: "לגעת ברגעים הגדולים" 
  2. ^ 2009 18th Maccabiah Games
  3. ^ "The Last Word: The power of the Maccabiah". The Jerusalem Post. Archived from the original on 2009-07-30. Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  4. ^ המכביה ה-18 תהיה הגדולה ביותר אי-פעם (in Hebrew). Yedioth Ahronoth. Archived from the original on 18 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  5. ^ a b c d [1]
  6. ^ "ספורט – ענפים נוספים nrg – ...גולף: לטיסיה בק זכתה בטורניר" (in Hebrew). Nrg.co.il. July 22, 2009. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  7. ^ "US men's hoops limps into medal round. Pearl's boys narrowly avoid another loss, to face Canada in semis". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Games and Results ; Maccabiah Swimming" (PDF). www.maccabiah.com. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Felipe Kitadai (Brazil) – Judo stats and info". Judoinside.com. July 28, 1989. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Judo Results 18th Games". Maccabiusa.com. July 19, 2009. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Aaron Cohen and Barry Friedberg Win Bronze at the Maccabiah Games". Teamusa.usoc.org. July 20, 2009. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  12. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Liq7lK_wUuU
  13. ^ [2] The list of Maccabiah Sports is provided at www.maccabiah.com. The link for each sport provides further links the disciplines of the sport, if applicable.

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