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Five Triathletes Medal at Maccabiah Games
ISRAEL — Team USA won 84 gold, 92 silver and 79 bronze medals in combined team and individual competitions at the 18th World Maccabiah Games in Israel from July 12 to 23.
The World Maccabiah Games are a quadrennial event for Jewish athletes and the world’s third largest international athletic competition. Over 7,000 athletes from six continents and over 60 countries competed at the Games.
Among the medalists were five U.S. athletes racing in the triathlon events.
Women 40-44: Galina Steinberg-Tatman, San Diego, Calif.
Men 45-49: Mark Stuckelman, Del Mar, Calif.
Men 70-79: Robert Sugarman, New York, N.Y.
Women 40-44: Eva Solomon, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Men 18-19 Sprint: David Levine, Berkeley, Calif.
Full results of U.S. triathlon competitors.
Athletes were there not just to compete in their individual and team athletic tournaments, but to socialize with other Jewish athletes from around the world, celebrating their commonality as a Jewish People and their accomplishments as Jewish athletes.
The Games came to a spectacular close on July 23 with a Closing Ceremony at the amphitheater in Latrun. President Shimon Peres, escorted by U.S. swimmer Jason Lezak, spoke at the ceremony and focused on the ability of the Games to provide a chance to celebrate the highest aspiration, a universal quest for peace.
The Israeli Team took first place in the overall medal count with 239 gold, 216 silver and 173 bronze medals and Australia took third place in the medal count with 20 gold, 19 silver and 21 bronze, although Russia, who finished fourth in the medal count had 21 gold medals.
Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel (MUSA) is the official sponsor of the United States Team to the World Maccabiah Games, the Pan American Maccabi Games and the Maccabi competitions in Europe and Australia, as well as a co-founder of the JCC Maccabi Games for teens in North America. As the official Maccabi representative in the U.S., Maccabi USA supports Jewish athletic endeavors, enhanced by cultural and educational activities in the United States, Israel and throughout the Diaspora.
MUSA develops, promotes and supports international, national and regional athletic-based activities and facilities. They strive to provide Jewish athletes the world over the opportunity to share their heritage and customs in competitive athletic settings.
Learn more about Maccabi USA and the results of U.S. athletes at the World Maccabiah Games.