Tag: Aly Raisman

The Flying Jew

A lot of good stuff has been happening in London the last week and a half. I have fought the urge to throw something up here every time something thrilling has occurred. I will write a closing post on the Olympics for any favorite moments.

I know the Brits were worried that they would not measure up athletically, man o man, they have been kicking ass and taking names. Murray should get a Knighthood out of this (or maybe get one of Harry’s throwaways) and Jessica Ennis is set for any modelling/acting gig she wants.

Last night an American Jew had her own little 40 year commemoration to the Munich Massacre, she choose a Jewish folk song for her floor exercise, managed to win Gold with a performance of a lifetime, then poked her thumb in the eye of the IOC. Here is the performance.

A symbolic gesture falls flat unless you have the audience to spring it on, winning the gold assured that:

U.S. gymnast Aly Raisman, who is Jewish, followed up her gold medal win in the women’s floor exercise yesterday by paying tribute to the memory of the 11 Israeli athletes killed by Palestinian terrorists at the Munich Olympic Games.
And if that weren’t enough, she won her event with the Hebrew folk song “Hava Nagila” playing in the background.

“Having that floor music wasn’t intentional,” an emotional but poised Raisman told reporters after her performance.

“But the fact it was on the 40th anniversary is special, and winning the gold today means a lot to me … If there had been a moment’s silence,” the 18-year-old woman told the world, “I would have supported it and respected it.”

I didn’t hear this interview on NBC, not shocked by that given how they handled the opening ceremonies.

The Jews don’t forget, they can’t, Shalom.