For this week’s Israel and the World, I can’t think of something more important than the Olympic Games. Only three days into the games, I present to you the Israeli Olympic team members. Ofir Golan, one of Israel’s best Olympic specialists, will provide you with a prediction for the Israeli athletes who are still in the game. So far, we’re not doing so well, but there’s still hope for some of our athletes to bring home a medal.Athletics
Donald Sanford- 400m (8/4)
: will reach the semifinals.
Zohar Zemiro- Marathon (8/12)Prediction
: will rank 30th or higher.
Jillian Schwartz – Pole vault (8/4).
she will have to fight hard to reach the finals, where she will meet with the world record holder and the Olympic champion: Yelena Isinbayeva.
Misha Zilberman- Men’s singles. Ranked 3rd (did not advance).
Felix Aronovich- All around. Ranked 32 (did not advance).
Alexander Shatilov- All around and floor (advanced. Finals in 8/1 and 8/5.)
The biggest Israeli Olympic hope, and there’s a good reason for it. Has the biggest chance in winning a medal in Floor.
Valeria Maxiota- All around (did not advance.)
Neta Rivkin- Individual (8/9-10.)
Will come at top 10 in the finals.
Moran Buzoysky, Victoria Koshel, Noa Palathcy, Marina Shultz, Paulina Zakaluzny, Eliora Zholkovski- Team (8/9-11).Prediction:
will rank 5th, 6th or 7th in the finals.Judo
Artiom Arshansky- Men’s 60 kg (Did not advance.)
Golan Pollack- Men’s 60 kg (Did not advance.)
Losef “soso” palelashvili- Men’s 73 kg (Did not advance.)
Arik Ze’evi- Men’s 100 kg (8/2.)Predictions
: This is Ze’evi’s 4th time competing for an Olympic medal. His speed may not be like it used to, but his experience and good thinking may win him a place on the Podium.
Alice Schlesinger- Women’s 63 kg (7/31.)Prediction:
she is ranked 6th in the world, so there’s a good chance to see an Olympic medal, but in when it comes to Judo, you can never know…Sailing
Shahar Tzuberi- RS:X (7/31-8/6.)
It all depends on the wind. But after winning a bronze medal in 2008, he defiantly has a good chance of standing on the podium once again.
Gideon Kliger and Eran Sela- 470 (8/2-9.).Prediction:
after Kliger disappointing in 2004 and in 2008, this is his chance of leaving London as a winner.
Lee Kurzits- RS:X (7/31-8/6.)
Great expectations. May become the second Israeli woman to win an Olympic medal.
Nufar Edelman- Laser Radial (7/30-8/6.)Prediction:
will rank in the top 15.
Vered Buskila and Gil Cohen- 470 (8/3-10.)Prediction:
will defiantly finish in the top 10 and there’s a reasonable chance of winning an Olympic medal.Shooting
Sergey Richter - 10m air rifle (Did not advance); 50m rifle prone (8/3).
Can advance to one final at least. Everything will be determined on the spot and anything can happen.
Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or - 200m Freestyle (Did not advance.)
Imri Ganiel - 100m Breaststroke (Did not advance.)
Gal Nevo - 200m Butterfly (Advanced to the semifinals), 200m individual medley (8/1), 400m individual medley (Did not advance.)
Will reach the semifinals in 200m individual medley.
Yaakov-Yan Toumarkin: 100m Backstroke (Did not advance), 200m Backstroke (8/1.)Prediction:
May be the big surprise of the Olympic Games and reach the finals in 200m backstroke.
Amit Ivry: 100m Butterfly (did not advance), 200m individual medley (Advanced to the semifinals)
will try to break her personal record, and qualify for the semifinals.Synchronized swimming
Anastasia Gloushkov and Inna Yoffe- Duet (8/5-6).Prediction:
Will reach the finals.Tennis
Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram- Men’s double (Won round of 32.Still competing in Wimbledon.)Predictions:
After failing in 2008, there aren’t any great expectations from the duo. But who knows? Maybe the lack of expectations will bring some good luck.
Shahar Pe’er- Women’s singles (Did not advance.)Prediction:
After losing to Maria Sharapova, she is now waiting for the mixed doubles, where she may have another chance of winning a medal.