Foto Friday – Israel at the Olympics 2012
Meet the Israeli delegation to the 2012 Olympic Games. Here they are, decked out in our national colors, with President of the State of Israel, Shimon Peres.
For these athletes, the journey to London began not at the President’s residence but with months of intensive training…
Team spirit was forged at a gibushon. That’s Israeli-speak for “team building event”; the closest literal meaning is… let’s see… “formulationette” or maybe “consolidationookie”. Anyway, looks like they had fun.
The athletes know that they bear a heavy responsibility, representing Israel sport well while going for the gold, and carrying our flag with pride.
There’s no better example of that sentiment than that seen on Shahar Peer’s tennis championship-winning fingers!
They also live with the knowledge that the Israeli Olympic team’s heritage is one marked by tragedy and controversy.
The International Olympic Committee rejected the request for a moment of silence at tonight’s opening ceremony. It would have commemorated the 40th anniversary of the 1972 massacre, when 11 Israeli team members were killed at the Munich Games. For the record, the IOC did hold a small indoor tribute this past Monday at the Olympic village.
Outside — and this may be the most important thing — alongside flags of the other participating nations, Israel’s flag is there and flying high.