Hey – Lets get a little Olympic spirit in the blog today!
…Because yesterday Israel won it's first (and probably only) medal – a Bronze – of the Beijing Games in, of all things, windsurfing.
Israeli windsurfer Shahar Zubari, who comes from the Red Sea resort town of Eilat came behind New Zealander Tom Ashley, won the gold, and France's Julien Bontemps who took the silver. Shahar has given Israel it's 7th medal of all time in the Olympic Games.
He finished strong in all his heats leading up to the final event. In his sail, he saw an opportunity – took the risk, and made it work by surfing around a pack of contestants who were all in the run for it.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert phoned Shahar in Beijing to congratulate him upon his winning the Olympic bronze medal in the “Neil Pryde” category windsurfing competition.
The Prime Minister said:
“…you made us so happy… You have no idea how exciting it is. I am looking at you now on the television screen and I see that you are standing and waving a flag. You should know that many tears of joy are flowing from Israeli eyes.”
But all Eilat was ablaze with pride for their son – and still are. The party town hasn't toned down yet and for sure will give Shahar the party of his life when he returns… that'll be one strong hangover guaranteed!
But I am glad that, in a country often reading and seeing of it's own pains – here is a grand accomplishment and something to be truly proud of on the world stage.
Well done Shahar! And congratulations to all those here in Israel who have made your success possible.