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Jews of the Summer Olympics

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The Summer Olympics are finally happening in 2021! ChiTribe had to publish a post about all of the members of the tribe competing this year in Tokyo. Here is our shortlist of talented Jewish athletes taking part in the games. Find more Jewish News on ChiTribe>>

Sue Bird


Basketball, United States 🇺🇸

WNBA legend Sue Bird has four Olympic gold medals in basketball, dating back to 2004 in Athens. She is also a 4x WNBA Champion and 12x WNBA All-Star.

Lilia Akhaimova

Artistic Gymnastics, Russia 🇷🇺 

Representing Russia, Lilia Akhaimova took home gold in the all-around team artistic gymnastics event in 2020. She has also won a silver medal for the same event at the 2018 and 2019 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships.

Artem Dolgopyat

Artistic Gymnastics, Israel 🇮🇱

Born in Ukraine, Artem Dolgopyat began his gymnastics career at a very young age. He won gold in Artistic Gymnastics at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Avishag Semberg

Taekwondo, Israel 🇮🇱

Avishag Semberg won a bronze medal in Taekwondo in the 2020 Summer Olympics, along with a gold medal at the 2020 European Taekwondo Championships.

Or Sasson

Judo, Israel 🇮🇱

At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Or Sasson brought home a bronze medal in the Men’s +100kg Judo event. At the 2020 Olympics, Sasson again won bronze in the Mixed Team Judo event.

Sagi Muki

Judo, Israel 🇮🇱

Sagi Muki won the bronze medal in the Mixed Team Judo event at the 2020 Olympics. He also has won a gold medal at the 2019 World Judo Championships and a gold medal at the 2015 European Judo Championships.

Baruch Shmailov

Judo, Israel 🇮🇱

Along with Or Sasson and Sagi Muki, Baruch Shmailov took home a bronze medal in the Mixed Team Judo event at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Jessica Fox

Canoeing, Australia 🇦🇺

Jessica Fox is a 4x Olympic medalist canoeist, winning gold and bronze in 2020, silver in 2012, and bronze in 2016.

Marhu Teferi

Marathon Running, Israel 🇮🇱

Representing Israel at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Marhu Teferi holds the Israeli marathon record with a time of 2:08:09 of which he achieved in 2019.

Diego Schwartzman

Tennis, Argentina 🇦🇷

Diego Schwartzman is an accomplished tennis player who is representing Argentina at the 2020 Summer Olympics. In October 2020, he was the 8th ranked tennis player in the world.

Alix Klineman

Beach Volleyball, United States 🇺🇸

Alix Klineman won a silver medal at the 2019 Beach Volleyball World Championships along with being named in the 2018 Association of Volleyball Professional’s Team of the Year.

Anat Leilor

Surfing, Israel 🇮🇱

Anat Leilor qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics after finishing as the highest-ranking surfer from Europe throughout the 2019 and 2020 World Surf League season.

Eli Dershwitz

Fencing, United States 🇺🇸

In 2014, Eli Dershwitz became the youngest fencer to win the U.S. Men’s Saber National Championship. He has also won a silver medal at the 2018 World Fencing Championships.

Linoy Ashram

Rhythmic Gymnastics, Israel 🇮🇱

 Linoy Ashram won the All-around silver medal at the 2018 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships, the World All-around bronze medal in 2017 and 2019, and the All-around silver medal at the 2019 European Games.

Team Israel

Baseball, Israel 🇮🇱

Over the past few years, the Israel National Baseball team has made headlines for some impressive wins. In the 2017 World Baseball Classic, they finished in sixth place, beating teams like Cuba, South Korea, and China. The team won gold at the 2019 WBSC Africa and Europe Qualification Tournament, securing them a spot in the 2020 Summer Olympics.

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