A Moment of Silence – Part II

An Olympic Tribute

Yesterday at the Olympic Games, a fitting tribute was made to those Israeli athletics, coaches and German police officer murdered at the Munich Olympic games, 40 years ago.

The tribute did not come from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The tribute came from an 18-year-old Jewish American Olympian Aly Raisman during her gymnastic floor routine. The tribute was a "moment of silence" presented as a gold medal for Raisman's performance to the Hebrew folk song "Hava Nagila," complete with audience participation.

This performance was a true celebration of life, achievement, and heritage and as such, was a most fitting tribute to those lost 40 years ago. As hard as the IOC tried to prevent a tribute to the lost, and perhaps even play a little fast and loose with Aly's scoring until the judges realized their "error," a very talented Jewish American athlete showed the IOC what the true spirit of the Olympics is about. 

Mazel tov Aly!  You have made us all proud! Thank you.

Editor's Note: Patch posted an incorrect photo earlier, but replaced it with a photo of Aly Raisman.

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Adina Genn August 08, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Thanks RS, Patch regrets the error.
Peter Sanders August 08, 2012 at 09:35 PM
The error is R's, not yours. That IS Aly Raisman.
raindrop August 08, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Yes it is.
Adina Genn August 09, 2012 at 12:09 AM
no we swapped out the photo
Raphael Avital August 10, 2012 at 02:16 AM
The judges didn't "play fast and loose then realized their error" on Aly's floor routine, but on her balance-beam routine, which was not performed to Hava-Nagila. Are transgressions against Jews so rare that you must invent more?


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