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  • Jewish glory, frustration mark London Games

    August 13, 2012 | 5:40 pm

    The London Olympics may have “lit up the world,” as organizing committee head Sebastian Coe put it, but for Jews the 2 1/2 weeks offered healthy doses of frustration and glory.

    On the plus side, new medalists such as America’s Aly Raisman gained the spotlight with her grace,...

  • Aly Raisman, Jason Lezak shine for Team USA

    July 31, 2012 | 2:10 pm

    While both took to the podiums in London this week to receive a medal, 18-year-old Aly Raisman’s Olympic star was rising as 36-year-old swimmer Jason Lezak’s appeared to be setting.

    Raisman, of Needham, Mass., helped Team USA take the women’s team gold on Tuesday—the first...

  • Jason Lezak likely closes Olympics career with a silver medal

    July 31, 2012 | 11:32 am

    Four-time gold medalist Jason Lezak, competing in what is likely his final Olympics, helped the American swim team qualify for the 4x100-meter freestyle relay finals.

    Lezak swam in the morning preliminaries on July 29 but did not compete that evening in the finals, when the United...

  • America’s Jewish Olympians head to London with Jewish pride

    July 17, 2012 | 2:51 pm

    Jason Lezak—no newcomer to Olympic glory—recognizes the difficulty in returning to the medal stand at the London Games.

    “I definitely would hope to … get onto the podium there and win a medal for the USA,” Lezak, a seven-time Olympic medalist, told JTA on Tuesday from the U.S....

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  • Maccabiah Results: Team USA Wins 82 Medals in the First Full Week of Competition

    By JewishJournal.com

    July 21, 2009 | 1:36 pm

    Tel Aviv, Israel, July, 21 – Team USA has won 25 Gold, 26 Silver and 31 Bronze Medals in the first full week of competition at the 18th Maccabiah Games.  Competition began on Sunday, July 12 and in addition to the medal count, both Jason Lezak and Andrea Murez broke Maccabiah...

  • VIDEO: Heeb Olympics 2008—Gefilte Fish Wrestling

    August 21, 2008 | 11:48 pm



    Four modern-day gladiators do battle for the gold (a lifetime supply of Gold's mustard) in the Heeb Olympics. For more information, check out www.heebmagazine.com.
  • At home in the water: Jews in the Olympic pool

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 18, 2008 | 12:16 am

    You’ve got to wonder whether swimming, and not chess, is the true Jewish sport. This year’s U.S. Olympic swim teams wouldn’t be the same, and Michael Phelps wouldn’t have won eight gold medals, if it weren’t for Jewish swimmers Jason Lezak and Garrett Weber-Gale. And then there is...

  • Mark Spitz: Michael Phelps is the greatest Olympic athlete ever

    August 17, 2008 | 4:14 am

    His hair is gray, the 70s mustache is history, he’s taking medication to control his cholesterol, and depending when you ask, iconic Jewish Olympian Mark Spitz is really pleased with the way the U.S. Olympics swimming team has fared this Summer.

    Spitz on Phelps according to...

  • Jason Lezak earns first individual medal

    August 14, 2008 | 11:33 pm

    BEIJING (JTA)—Jewish Olympic swimmer Jason Lezak followed up his relay heroics with a bronze medal in the 100-meter men’s freestyle.

    Lezak, whose late dash in the 4 x 100-meter men’s freestyle relay propelled the U.S. team to the gold medal and a world record, finished in a time of...

  • The sport of sleep deprivation

    By Mrs. Shoshana F

    August 14, 2008 | 6:46 pm

    What the 2008 Olympics taught me: Sometimes it is OK to hit mute, fast forward is your friend and it is OK if you can’t watch everything.

    When you are staying up until midnight or later to watch Team USA dive, swim, tumble, spike and cycle, you need to be as flexible as the IOC...

  • Newspaper: ‘Two Jews and a black man ...’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 13, 2008 | 5:07 pm

    Fortunately, that headline appeared in Ha’aretz and not Der Sturmer. It referred to the amazing victory Sunday by the American men’s 4x100 relay swimteam. It turns out that team was quite the multicultural melting pot.

    Cullen Jones was only the second African American to win a gold...

  • Report from Beijing: Swapping old Jewish swim records for new ones

    By Alison Klayman

    August 11, 2008 | 11:50 pm

    BEIJING (JTA)—Jewish-American swimmers Garret Weber-Gale and Jason Lezak, along with Cullen Jones and the unstoppable Olympic champion Michael Phelps, made history in the pool on Monday, August 11.

    The US relay team won the Men’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay and smashed the world...

  • Irvine’s Jason Lezak anchors 400-meter relay swim team for the gold

    August 11, 2008 | 4:15 am

    “I can’t even explain it, it was unreal. I’ve been a part of the two teams at the last two Olympics that came out behind, and I think I wanted it more than anybody, not just for myself, but to show that we are the nation to be beat in that relay, ” Jason Lezak told the Los Angeles...

  • New Punims in Sports Hall of Fame

    By Tom Tugend

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Freestyle swim champion Jason Lezak of Irvine and fellow Californian, hot rodder Kenny Bernstein, have been elected to the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame for 2006.

    In all, four Americans, one British Australian and one Brazilian are among the chosen athletes, with a New...