With the Beijing Olympics fading into memory, another group of world-class athletes is now in the Chinese capital to take part in feats of athletic competition, strength and endurance. The Paralympics is under way, and Israel’s Paralympians are already doing better than their Olympic counterparts (By Monday afternoon, Israel time, the team had won its first medal – a silver – in swimming).
One amazing story of these remarkable athletes is that of Shai Haim, a member of Israel’s wheelchair basketball team, who was shot on September 30, 2002, during a raid on Hamas headquarters in Nablus. Haim was paralyzed from the shooting, but rebuilt his body and his spirit to the point that he was named the outstanding player on his Herzliya squad, which earned him a spot on the national team. Read the full account of Haim’s remarkable fall and rise here, courtesy of Stewart Weiss, whose son Ari, a close friend of Haim’s, was killed in the same raid while attempting to help Haim.
We wish the entire 43-member delegation success.