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Udi Gal (Hebrew: אודי גל‬; born June 11, 1979) is an Israeli Olympic sailor, who is a sailing world championship three-time bronze medalist.

Udi Gal
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Udi Gal (left) with Ehud Olmert and Shahar Peer
Personal information
NationalityIsraeli
Born (1979-06-11) June 11, 1979 (age 39)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Height6' 2" (189 cm)
Weight161 lb (73 kg)
Sport
CountryIsrael
SportSailing
Event(s)Men's 470-Class Two-Person Dinghy
Coached byIlan Tashtash

BiographyEdit

Gal is Jewish, and was born in Tel Aviv, Israel.[1][2][3] He started sailing at 8 years of age, and started racing at 13 years of age.[4] He competes with the club Hapoel Tel Aviv.[2] He competed with partner Gideon Kliger in two-man competitions from the outset of his career, through 2009.[5][6]

The first event he won was the Youth Europeans 420, in 1996.[4] In 1998 he and Kliger won the European Youth Championships, and in 2001 they finished second in the European Championship in Ireland.[3]

In 2004 he was chosen as chair of the Israel Olympic Committee's athletes section.[7]

He and Kliger won bronze medals in the Sailing 470 World Championship for three straight years in Men's 470-Class Two-Person Dinghy — in 2006–08.[8] In June 2007, he came in third in the Men's 470 ISAF Sailing World Championships, in Cascais, Portugal.[4] In January 2008, he came in third in the Men 470 World Championships, in Melbourne, Australia.[4] In April 2008, he and Kliger were ranked third in the world in the 470 class dinghy.[9]

Gal and Kliger competed on behalf of Israel at the 2004 Summer Olympics in the Sailing at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, and on behalf of Israel at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Sailing at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, in Men's 470-Class Two-Person Dinghy, coming in 15th and 14th, respectively.[2]

He coaches Israeli Olympians Eyal Levin and Dan Froyliche, who are competing on behalf of Israel at the 2016 Summer Olympics, in the 470.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jews in the Olympics: 63 Athletes, 7 Countries". Jewishinstlouis.org. Archived from the original on April 7, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Udi Gal Biography and Olympic Results". Sports-reference.com. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Gal, Udi". Jewsinsports.org. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d "ISAF: Sailor biog page". Sailing.org. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  5. ^ "Udi Gal". Jewish Virtual Library. June 6, 1979. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ Ben, Yair (December 17, 2004). "Gal to head Olympic athletes committee". Haaretz. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  8. ^ "ISAF: Get To Know Udi Gal". Sailing.org. July 31, 2008. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  9. ^ Navon, Emmanuel. "60 Sporting Heroes: No. 30 Udi Gal and Gidi Kliger". Jpost.com. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  10. ^ [2]

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