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Popular Israel Olympic Athletes

Updated February 11, 2020 1.6k views9 items

List of popular Israeli Olympic athletes, listed alphabetically with photos of the athletes when available. Famous Olympians from Israel have achieved some of the highest honors in sports and Olympic history, as even being chosen to represent your country at the Olympics is something that most athletes will never get to experience. These competitors are the most prominent people from Israel who have competed in the Olympics. Israel has a long, proud history of competing in the Olympic games, and without these fierce athletes they never would have won any medals. With athletes ranging from Yael Arad to Roman Zaretsky, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the most famous Israeli Olympic athletes?" and "Who is the greatest Israeli Olympian of all time?"
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  • Alexandra "Sasha" Zaretsky (Hebrew: אלכסנדרה זרצקי‎, Russian: Александра Зарецкая, Alexandra Zaretskaya, Belarusian: Аляксандра Зарэцкая) (born December 23, 1987) is an Israeli ice dancer. With her brother Roman Zaretsky, she 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 sixth at the World Championships and competed twice at the Winter Olympics, finishing tenth in 2010....  more
    • Olympic Sport: Figure skating
    • Olympic Country: Israel
    • Date Of Birth: 1987-12-23
    • Place Of Birth: Minsk,Belarus,Minsk Province,Earth,Europe
    • Nationality: Israel
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2006 Winter Olympics
  • Ariel "Arik" Ze'evi (Hebrew: אריאל "אריק" זאבי‎, born 16 January 1977) is a retired Israeli judoka, widely recognized as the country's most prominent judoka during his career. 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 Olympics Judo 100 kg class in Athens....  more
    • Olympic Sport: Judo
    • Olympic Country: Israel
    • Date Of Birth: 1977-01-16
    • Place Of Birth: Bnei Brak,Israel,Earth,Middle East,Asia
    • Nationality: Israel
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Judo at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's 100 kg
    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men's Judo, 90 - 100kg (half-heavyweight)
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2004 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2004 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal
  • Photo: flickr / CC0
    David Mark Berger (May 24, 1944 – September 6, 1972) was an American and Israeli Olympic weightlifter, and one of the eleven Israeli Olympians taken hostage and killed by the Palestinian group Black September during the Munich massacre at the 1972 Summer Olympics. Born and raised in the United States, Berger was a lawyer by education and had emigrated to Israel after taking part in the 1969 Maccabiah Games....  more
    • Olympic Sport: Weightlifting
    • Olympic Country: Israel
    • Date Of Birth: 1944-06-24
    • Place Of Birth: Shaker Heights,Ohio,Cuyahoga County,United States of America,United States
    • Nationality: United States of America,Israel
    • Olympic Games Participant: 1972 Summer Olympics
  • Photo: flickr / CC0
    Gal Fridman (or Friedman, Hebrew: גל פרידמן‎; born September 16, 1975) is an Israeli windsurfer and Israel's only Olympic Gold Medalist. Fridman won a Bronze Medal in the Atlanta 1996 Summer Olympics, and his Gold Medal in the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics. He is the only Israeli athlete to win two Olympic Medals, and the first (and only, thus far) Olympic Gold medalist in Israeli history. His first name, Gal, means "wave" in Hebrew. He was born in Karkur, Israel, and lives close to the water in Sdot Yam, a nearby kibbutz....  more
    • Olympic Sport: Sailing
    • Olympic Country: Israel
    • Date Of Birth: 1975-09-16
    • Place Of Birth: Pardes Hanna-Karkur,Israel,Earth,Middle East,Asia
    • 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 Event: 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