TEAM ATLANTA | Sport Spotlight – Swimming

2019-01-04T14:31:00+00:00January 4th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

With the change to 2019, the Atlanta JCC Maccabi Games are now THIS YEAR! Tryouts for individual sports are from January 20th through the 30th. We are looking for strong swimmers to help Team Atlanta in our chase for gold. Maybe these Jewish Athletes who made it BIG can help convince you to tryout!

 

Mark Spitz, an American former competitive swimmer, nine-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in 7 events. He won seven gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, while setting world records in each of the events he competed. Between 1968 and 1972, Spitz won nine Olympic golds, a silver, and a bronze; five Pan American golds; 31 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) titles; and eight NCAA titles. During those years, he set 35 world records. He was named World Swimmer of the Year in 1969, 1971, and 1972 by Swimming World Magazine. Spitz swam in his first international competition at the 1965 Maccabiah Games. At age 15 in Tel Aviv, he won four gold medals and was named the most outstanding athlete. He returned to the Maccabiah Games twice, first in 1969 where he won another 6 medals and was again named outstanding athlete, and in 1985 where he lit the torch to open the Games.

 

Dara Torres, an American former competitive swimmer is a twelve-time Olympic medalist, and former world-record holder in three events. She is the first woman to represent the United States in five different Olympic games, from 1984 to 2008. Born in a Cuban-American family, Torres, whose father is Jewish, has won at least one medal in each of the five Olympics in which she has competed. She also became the Oldest US Olympic swimmer in history in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, at the age of 41. She was inducted into the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2005 and has continued to work in swimming through the Swim Across America charity.

 

 

Tryouts, and The Games, are fast approaching! Everyone who has not registered can do so by clicking this link —> HERE

Our tryout schedule can also be found with this link —> HERE