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The Best Olympic Athletes from Israel

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List of the greatest Olympic athletes from Israel, with photos when available. These are the best Israeli Olympians of all time who have had the honor of representing their country at the prestigious Olympic games. Israeli athletes from every era all have their place in the Olympic history books, but which Israeli Olympian is the best of them all? You can decide who the greatest Olympic competitor from Israel is by how many medals they took back to their country, but that isn't the only factor that comes into play when considering who the best really is.

This list is made up of many different athletes, including Roman Zaretsky and Alexandra Zaretsky.

This list answers the questions, "Who is the best Israeli Olympian of all time?" and "Who are the greatest Olympians from Israel?"

America, Russia and Great Britain have the most Olympic medals out of every country that has been represented in the Olympics, but it doesn't mean that Olympic competitors from other nations don't deserve accolades as well. Vote for your favorite Israel Olympic athletes on this list, and downvote the ones that you don't think had a huge impact on Israel.


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    Yael Arad is an Israeli judoka. She was the first Israeli to win an Olympic medal. She is widely recognized as one of Israel's most successful athletes and is credited with bringing judo into the athletic mainstream.more

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    • Olympic Medalist Event: Women's Half Middleweight, 56-61kg
    • Olympic Country: Israel
    • Date Of Birth: 1967-05-01
    • Olympic Sport: Judo
    • Nationality: Israel
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Judo at the 1992 Summer Olympics - Women's 61 kg
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 1992 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 1992 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal
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    Gal Fridman is an Israeli windsurfer and Olympic gold medalist. Fridman won a bronze medal in the Atlanta 1996 Summer Olympics, and a gold medal in the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics. He is the only Israeli athlete to win two Olympic medals, and the first Olympic gold medalist in Israeli history. His first ...more

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    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Sailboard
    • Olympic Country: Israel
    • Date Of Birth: 1975-09-16
    • Place Of Birth: Pardes Hanna-Karkur, Israel, Earth, Middle East, Asia, + more
    • Olympic Sport: Sailing
    • Nationality: Israel
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Sailing at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's sailboard, Sailing at the 1996 Summer Olympics - Men's Sailboard
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2004 Summer Olympics, 1996 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 1996 Summer Olympics, 2004 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal, Bronze medal
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    Ariel "Arik" Ze'evi is an Israeli judoka, widely recognized as the country's most prominent judoka since the 1990s to date. Ze'evi, a dan 6 black belt in Judo, has had a long and successful career competing in half-heavyweight Judo competitions. He is an Olympic bronze medal finalist in the 2004 Summer ...more

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    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Judo, 90 - 100kg (half-heavyweight)
    • Olympic Country: Israel
    • Date Of Birth: 1977-01-16
    • Place Of Birth: Bnei Brak, Israel, Earth, Middle East, Asia, + more
    • Olympic Sport: Judo
    • Nationality: Israel
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Judo at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's 100 kg
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2004 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2004 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal
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    Shahar Tzuberi is an Israeli windsurfer and Olympic bronze medalist, surfing in the "Neil Pryde" RS:X discipline. He is a nephew of Gad Tsobari, the 1972 Olympic wrestler who escaped from Arab terrorists during the Munich massacre.more

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    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Sailboard
    • Date Of Birth: 1986-09-01
    • Place Of Birth: Eilat, Israel, Earth, Middle East, Asia, + more
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Sailing at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's sailboard
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal
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    Shay-Oren Smadja is an Israeli judoka. He won the Olympic bronze medal in the under 71 category at the 1992 Summer Olympics.more

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    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Judo, 65-71kg (Lightweight)
    • Olympic Country: Israel
    • Date Of Birth: 1970-06-20
    • Olympic Sport: Judo
    • Nationality: Israel
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Judo at the 1992 Summer Olympics - Men's Lightweight (71kg)
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 1992 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 1992 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal
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    Michael Kolganov is a Soviet-born, Israeli sprint canoer and former world champion. Competing in three Summer Olympics, he won the bronze medal in the K-1 500 m event at Sydney in 2000. He was the flag bearer for Israel during the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympics.more

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    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's K-1 500m (kayak single)
    • Olympic Country: Israel
    • Date Of Birth: 1974-10-24
    • Place Of Birth: Tashkent, Asia, Tashkent Province, Uzbekistan, Northern Hemisphere, + more
    • Olympic Sport: Canoe racing
    • Nationality: Israel
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Canoeing at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Men's K-1 500 metres
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2000 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2000 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal
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    David Mark Berger was an American-born Israeli weightlifter for the Israeli Olympic team in 1972. A lawyer by education, Berger was one of 11 members of Israel’s Olympic team who were taken hostage and subsequently murdered by Arab terrorists at the Munich Olympic Games. Berger was born in Cleveland, ...more

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    • Olympic Country: Israel
    • Date Of Birth: 1944-06-24
    • Place Of Birth: Shaker Heights, Ohio, Cuyahoga County, United States of America, United States, + more
    • Olympic Sport: Weightlifting
    • Nationality: United States of America, Israel
    • Olympic Games Participant: 1972 Summer Olympics
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    Roman Zaretsky is an Israeli ice dancer. With his sister, Alexandra Zaretsky, he is the 2009 Skate America bronze medalist, 2009 Golden Spin of Zagreb champion, a three-time Nebelhorn Trophy medalist, and a three-time Israeli national champion. They finished as high as 6th at the World Championships and ...more

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    • Olympic Country: Israel
    • Date Of Birth: 1983-12-04
    • Place Of Birth: Minsk, Belarus, Minsk Province, Earth, Europe
    • Olympic Sport: Figure skating
    • Nationality: Israel
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2006 Winter Olympics
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