The Olympic Games London 2012 will open in London on July 27 and close on August 12. These Games will conclude the 30th Olympiad of the modern era. Over the course of 19 days, thousands of athletes from around the globe will compete in 26 fields, in 39 different sports and in 34 separate venues.
2012 is a special year for Israeli Olympic sports as it marks the 60th anniversary of the Israeli Olympic delegation, which first participated in the 1952 games in Helsinki, the 40th anniversary of the murder of 11 Israeli Olympic athletes at the 1972 Games in Munich and the 20th anniversary of Israel's first Olympic medals, won in Barcelona 1992.
The Olympic Committee of Israel, the Israeli sports umbrella organization, is responsible for preparing and sending Israel's athletes to the Olympic
Israeli athletes will most notably compete in the fields of: artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, swimming, athletics, sailing, windsurfing, shooting, judo, badminton and synchronized swimming. The Israeli delegation to London has three key objectives: to return with an Olympic medal for the sixth straight time since Barcelona 1992, to win an Olympic medal in a field in which Israel has never won before and to see a female Israeli athlete stand on the Olympic podium 20 years after Yael Arad won Israel's first Olympic medal in Barcelona 1992.
The Olympic Committee of Israel
Artistic gymnastics has a long history at the Olympic Games: men first competed in this field in 1896 and women in 1928. A number of Israeli athletes have taken part in the Olympic Games over the years, with the most significant achievement coming in Beijing 2008, when an Israeli reached the finals of the floor exercise competition. On the way to London 2012, an Israeli gymnast won medals at the World and European Championships.
Vice President, Men's Technical Committee, European Union of Gymnastics
Athletics - the High Jump
Athletics - the queen of sports - is a popular sporting event at the Olympic Games. Israel Athletics first participated in the Olympic Games in 1952. Athletics is one of the priority sports in Israel.
There are 47 athletics events at the Olympic Games - running, jumping and throwing. Among the jumping events is the high jump. The early jumping style, the scissors technique, later gave Nay to the roll and then in 1968 Dirk Fosbury introduced a brand new style in which he ran toward the bar and jumped over it backwards 'with his back toward the bar). The "Fosbury flop" gained international recognition when Fosbury Non the 1968 Gold Medal after clearing 2.24 meters in Mexico City.
Israel's best-ever Olympic achievement in athletics Nas in the men's high jump in Sydney 2000, where Israel finished in the respectable fifth place.
General Secretary - Israeli Athletic Association
Taekwondo, a Korean form of martial art, is an Olympic combat sport. It is one of the most popular sports in the world, with 200 member countries belonging to the World Taekwondo Federation. Taekwondo, one of the Israeli sports authorities' six priority sports, was represented by female athletes in the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Israeli taekwondo is prosperous and has gained great popularity thanks to its athletes, especially women. It holds prestigious titles, among them the European Female Champion and the first Israeli Youth Olympic Champion.
Israel Taekwondo Federation President