SOURCE: The Forward

August 01, 2008 06:00 ET

The Forward Features Worldwide Jewish Olympians in Exclusive Olympics Coverage

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - August 1, 2008) - The Forward, America's most influential Jewish weekly, will run a special section and coverage on Jewish athletes worldwide scheduled to compete in this year's summer Olympics in Beijing. Publishing date for The Forward's issue is Friday, August 1st. www.forward.com

The Forward has identified approximately 19 Jewish Olympians from the U.S.A. and eight other countries including Austria, Canada, Chile, Australia, Germany, Argentina, the UK, and of course, Israel.

"The Jewish athletes featured in The Forward have amazing stories behind their journeys to Olympic competition," explains Forward Editor Jane Eisner. "Beyond telling those stories, The Forward will cover the Olympics in its own, unique way -- by having a daily blog on-line, and with stories and opinion pieces that explore the complex relationship of Jews and sports, and Jews and China. It promises to be exciting reading."

Among the Jewish U.S. athletes competing this year is swimmer Dara Torres, the first swimmer to participate in five Olympics. A Jewish convert, Torres will compete in two relays, the medley and freestyle as well as the 50m freestyle. L.A. resident Torres competed in her first Olympics in 1984 and has since won nine medals, including four Gold.

Jason Lezak, marathon runner, earned two Olympic Gold medals and holds three world relay records. Deena Kastor is the country's top female marathon runner and earned a bronze in the 2004 Olympics. Jillian Schwartz, one of the top U.S. pole-vaulters, was a member of the U.S. track and field team in Athens 2004. Rami Zur is competing in his third Olympic kayak team.

Other notable Jewish competitors outside the U.S. include:

--  German swimmer Sarah Poewe who qualified to this year's
    Games in the 100m and 200m breast stroke, setting German and
    European records in the former.
    
--  Former Red Sox player Adam Stern who will play outfield
    for the Canadian baseball team.
    
--  Austrian Swimmer Maxim Podoprigora who participated in the
    2000 and 2004 Olympics.
    
--  Chilean Tennis Player Nicolas Massu who won gold in both
    singles and doubles at the 2004 Olympics.
    
--  Australian David Zalcberg is an Olympic table tennis
    player completing his medical degree in Israel.
    
--  Joanna "Jo" Ankier, a former British record holder in the
    1,500 and 3,000m steeplechase.
    

Among the Israeli athletes competing are men's doubles partners Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich. Winners of the Australian Open this year, they'll be among Israel's strongest medal contenders.

Other Israelis include Ariel "Arik" Zeevi, a bronze medalist in judo; Alex Averbuch, pole vaulting champion; and marathon runner Haile Satayin, 53, one of the oldest Olympic athletes competing.

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