2005 Maccabiah Games
The 2005 Maccabiah Games (Hebrew: המכביה ה-17 ישראל תשס"ה), held in Israel, were the 17th incarnation of the 'Jewish Olympics.' They attracted the largest attendance of any Maccabiah Games, including more than 900 representatives from the United States, almost 500 from Australia, and more than 2,000 from Israel, bringing the total participants to more than 7,700 from 55 countries.
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|Host city||Tel Aviv, Israel|
|Debuting countries|| Cyprus |
|Opening ceremony||July 11, 2005|
|Closing ceremony||July 21, 2005|
|Officially opened by||Gal Fridman|
|Main venue||Ramat Gan Stadium|
Vadim Gutzeit of Ukraine, an Olympic gold medal winner in team sabre, won gold medals in individual and team sabre. Two-time Olympic gold medal winner Sergey Sharikov of Russia won the silver medal in sabre. In fencing, two-time Pan American Games gold medalist Dan Kellner won the silver medal in foil for the US. 1999 US Junior Champion and 2001 NCAA Fencing Champion Soren Thompson won a team silver medal in epee for the US.
In soccer, Jonathan Bornstein, Benny Feilhaber, Leo Krupnik, Matt Reiswerg, and Kevin Friedland led the US men's open soccer to their best finish ever with a silver medal. The US lost to gold medal winner Israel, which played with their U-20 National Team.
In karate the US Men's open team took several gold and silver medals. The youth team took one silver and one bronze. In judo, 17-year-old Alice Schlesinger won a gold medal by defeating the world champion and former Israeli Daniella Krakower in the final.
The sports featured at the 2005 Maccabiah Games are listed below.
Not all Jewish communities participated in the 2005 Maccabiah, as has been the case since 1950. Jewish communities in Arab countries (Morocco, Tunisia, etc.), as well as the community in Iran, did not send delegations. The number in parentheses indicates the number of participants that community contributed.
- Australia (500)
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- Israel (2,000)
- Republic of Macedonia
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- United Kingdom
- United States (900)
|2||United States (USA)||71||81||67||219|
|4||South Africa (RSA)||12||8||8||28|
|Totals (10 nations)||354||331||326||1011|
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