Itamar Biran

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Itamar Biran
— Alpine skier —
DisciplinesGiant slalom, Super-G,
Slalom, Combined
ClubIsrael Ski club
Born (1998-03-03) 3 March 1998 (age 20)
London
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Olympics
Teams1 (2018 Winter Olympics)
World Championships
Teams1 – (2015)

Itamar Biran (Hebrew: איתמר בירן‎; born 3 March 1998) is an Israeli Olympic alpine ski racer who represents Israel in international competitions.[2] He competes in giant slalom, Super-G, slalom and Combined.[3]

Biography[edit]

Itamar (Itty) Biran is a dual U.K./Israel citizen, and is Jewish.[4][5][6]

When Biran was six years old, his family moved to Verbier, Switzerland.[4] They then moved to Israel, and subsequently he attended University College School in London in the United Kingdom.[4][5][7] He now lives and trains in Les Houches, France, and in Switzerland.[7][4][5] He has made applications to Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, and to Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, the United States.[4]

He said "I started skiing like all Israelis do: At Club Meds in Europe."[4] Biran started to ski at age three, and to compete at age 12.[4][5] His ski club is the Israel Ski Club, and his coach is Didier Schmidt.[8]

Skiing career[edit]

Biran competed on behalf of Israel at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, and came in 23rd in the Alpine Combined, and 38th in the Super G.[4] In January 2017 he won the Italian National Junior Slalom Race, in Valtournenche.[8] In February 2017 he came in second in the Bosnia and Herzegovina National Championships in slalom, and third in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Junior National Championships in slalom.[8] In March 2017, he came in second in the CIT Giant Slalom in Villard de Lans, France.[8] In November 2017 he won the CIT Slalom in Val Thorens, France.[8]

Biran competed at the 2015 World Championships in Beaver Creek, USA, and qualified for the final race in the giant slalom in which he finished 62nd.[2][9][10][11] He also competed in the Men's Slalom final, but did not finish the first run.[12] He was the only male Israeli athlete and the youngest participant at these championships.[13]

He was among two participants who represented Israel at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics in Lillehammer.[14]

He is representing Israel at the 2018 Winter Olympics, racing in the slalom on 18 February and in the giant slalom on 22 February.[4][7]

Biran is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 176 pounds.[15][16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Itamar Biran". Alpine Skiing. Eurosport. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Athlete : BIRAN Itamar". fis-ski.com. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Biran Itamar, Last results". fis-ski.com. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i [1]
  5. ^ a b c d Alpine Skiing | Athlete Profile: Itamar BIRAN - Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games
  6. ^ "2018 Winter Olympics," Jewish Sports Review, March/April 2018, Vol. 11, No. 6, Issue 126, page 2.
  7. ^ a b c Attain News | Attain Magazine | Former UCS Pupil Bids For Gold In Winter Olympics
  8. ^ a b c d e BIRAN Itamar - Biographie
  9. ^ "Men's Giant Slalom Official Results" (PDF). Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  10. ^ Laconte, John (12 February 2015). "Giant slalom qualifiers a meeting of nations". vaildaily.com. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  11. ^ "Das sind die Riesenslalom-Exoten". www.20min.ch (in German). 13 February 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  12. ^ "Learning to ski where the snow doesn't fall (much)". From the Grapevine. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
  13. ^ Wyrick, Randy (12 February 2015). "Israeli skiers receive warm welcome in valley". vaildaily.com. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  14. ^ "Dos israelíes participan en los Juegos Olímpicos de Invierno de la Juventud "Lillehammer 2016"". IG News (in Spanish). 16 February 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  15. ^ BIRAN Itamar | Athletes | CBC Olympics | PyeongChang 2018
  16. ^ BIRAN Itamar | Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics