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octomom

That would have been exciting to see a world olympiad. I believe they are separate entities, Mary. It's probably a good thing. While the Israelis haven't won a medal in the regular olympics, they do exceedingly well in the paralympics. Also, Israel got a huge snub during the summer olympics, when they asked for a moment of silence during the opening ceremonies to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Black September, when Palestinian gunmen killed 11 Israeli athletes in Munich. They were turned down by the olympic committee. It was rather shocking.

http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/blogs/the_angle/2012/07/in_refusing_mom.html

MaryNolan

What a great history! Is the Paralympics now completely separate from the Special Olympics? It sounds like it is, and it should be, they're not the same thing at all. I almost got to see a WORLD special olympics but couldn't stay the week in between our national championships and their world championships. We see amazing wheelchair basketball at halftime at a lot of Magic NBA games. Love it, those people play hard and they're good! Fun solve, too! 0:39 Thanks, Gail!

Octomom2

You're welcome, Brie1648 and Jan. I'm so glad you enjoyed this. It gave me great pleasure to post it.

Brie1648

I was at this Marathon watching both wheelchair races - what an incredible experience - inspirational indeed. Great mememories of a wonderful 2012, thank you

JiggyBelle

Great and inspirational puzzle, Gail!

Octomom2

Established in 1948 by a Jewish doctor who escaped Nazi Germany, the Paralympics used to be known as ?parallel? or ?special? Olympics. Israel first competed in the Paralympics in the 1960 Summer Games in Rome, Italy. Since then Israel has won 372 medals in the Paralympics, more than a third of them gold. Israel ranks 13th out of 164 participating countries in medal wins over the history of the games ? pretty amazing for such a small country. Here's an article from Oregon Jewish Life about the Paralympics.

http://www.ojlife.com/2012/nov/israel/israeli-athletes-shine-paralympics

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