America’s Jewish gymnastics star clinches Gold to the tune of ‘Hava Nagila’

posted at 5:56 pm on August 1, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham

The International Olympic Committee, cowed by the threat of a boycott by Arab nations, refused to give a moment of silence in London’s opening ceremony to honor 11 Israeli Olympians murdered 40 years ago by Palestinian terrorists at the Munich Olympics.

“We feel that the Opening Ceremony is an atmosphere that is not fit to remember such a tragic incident,” Jacques Rogge, the president of the International Olympic Committee, said Saturday.

But the IOC, quite sensibly, allowed a moment of remembrance in 2010 for an Olympic luger who died in practice before the Vancouver games and one for victims of Britain’s 7/7 bombing. The rebuff to Israelis was just the latest in a long line of refusals by the Olympics to acknowledge what happened in 1972:

During the early hours of September 5, 1972, eight armed Palestinian terrorists sneaked into the Olympic Village in Munich, Germany, stormed the sleeping quarters of the Israeli delegation, shot a wrestler and coach to death, and took another nine athletes and officials hostage. Twenty-one hours later, during a standoff on the tarmac of a nearby German military airport, one of the kidnappers blew up four of the Israeli hostages with a grenade, and the remaining five were executed by close-range machine gun fire.

Every four years, widows of the victims of this attack petition the IOC for recognition of their loss at the Opening Ceremony, but have been repeatedly rejected. The way they put it, the request is coming from “the wrong country and the wrong religion” to please the international community. There are several memorial events planned for the Olympians, but each with miniscule exposure compared to the Opening Ceremony. Shameful.

In that context, it was a special pleasure to watch Aly Raisman tumble her team to Olympic Gold in women’s gymnastics to a blasting, upbeat version of “Hava Nagila,” the Hebrew folk song and Bar Mitzvah favorite. Raisman, “a nice Jewish girl from Massachusetts,” as she’s affectionately described by the Israeli press is one of the Fab Five who together ended a 16-year drought for American women’s gymnastics atop the team podium Tuesday.

She and her family and coaches chose the song with purpose:

Raisman, of Needham, Mass., is trained by the Romanian couple, Mihai and Sylvia Brestyan, who coached the Israeli national team in the early 1990s and also is training world vault champion Alicia Sacramone. The coaches and Raisman’s mother selected “Hava Nagila” after several exhaustive late-night online searches.

Raisman, a recipient of the Pearl D. Mazor Outstanding Female Jewish High School Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award given out by the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in New York, says she is proud to be using the Jewish song “because there aren’t too many Jewish elites out there.”

It’s also just a damn good song that gets the audience clapping and cheering along, which is another reason she chose it, Raisman said. Raisman is not the first gymnast to use the song, but she may be the first Jewish gymnast to use it, according to Haaretz, and certainly the first with such great results.

Here she is tearing it up in the qualifying round. I dare you not to clap. (Sorry, NBC inexplicably does not have video of Tuesday’s floor routines, but it’s the same routine. I’ll keep looking.) Click to watch:

Aly Raisman

Watching a strong, beautiful Jewish woman finish her last tumbling pass, triumphant, as the whole stadium clapped along to a Hebrew folk song of celebration was a great moment— a moving, joyous contrast to Munich and an example of the kind of cultural tribute that’s unstoppable in free people, no matter what the IOC says.

Congrats to all the Fab Five, following in the footsteps of 1996′s Magnificent Seven! Do yourself a favor and watch this nearly flawless vault by McKayla Maroney in the finals. Seriously, where are the deductions coming from?

Exit question (Allahpundit™): Did you know Kerri Strug is Jewish, too? Mazel tov, America!

And, because this post is my chance to gymnastics it up, here, please enjoy two flashbacks to ’96. Dominique Moceanu’s “Devil Went Down to Georgia,” which still makes me squeal, it’s so good:

And, Kerri’s legendary vault:


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Mazel tov!

portlandon on August 1, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Good for her and congratulations to the girls team. You make us proud.

gophergirl on August 1, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Were there any Iranian or other Muslims in competition with her?

;)

honsy on August 1, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Watching a strong, beautiful Jewish woman finish her last tumbling pass, triumphant, as the whole stadium clapped along to a Hebrew folk song of celebration was a great moment— a moving, joyous contrast to Munich and an example of the kind of cultural tribute that’s unstoppable in free people, no matter what the IOC says.
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I watched it,and look at her face,just before she touched down,and
planted it,she knew,it was gold for Team USA,and it was a beautiful
thing to watch,

from Canada,I salute the Womens USA Gymnatic Team:)

canopfor on August 1, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Were there any Iranian or other Muslims in competition with her?

;)

honsy on August 1, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Their Hijabs get caught on the equipment.

portlandon on August 1, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Ugh,thats Gymnastic,not(Gymnatic)

canopfor on August 1, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Video didn’t work.
:(

22044 on August 1, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Her parents were so much fun to watch. I think they broke some seats with all body English they were putting into each of Aly’s routines. It may be harder on the parents than the gymnasts.

d1carter on August 1, 2012 at 6:07 PM

2012 Olympics

Photo: US women’s gymnastics team with gold medals – @NBCNews

18 hours ago from twitpic.com by editor

http://www.breakingnews.com/item/ahZzfmJyZWFraW5nbmV3cy13d3ctaHJkcg0LEgRTZWVkGOXJsgkM/2012/08/01/photo-us-womens-gymnastics-team-with-gold-medals-nbcnews

canopfor on August 1, 2012 at 6:07 PM

22044 on August 1, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Never mind…working now!

22044 on August 1, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Heres:

Relive McKayla Maroney’s Phenomenal Vault In Super-Slow Motion
Jul 31, 2012 9:30 PM
Video
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http://deadspin.com/5930714/relive-mckayla-maroneys-phenomenal-vault-in-super+slow-motion

canopfor on August 1, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Are we sure they won the gold? I’m pretty sure I saw someone else out there earning that for them.

lorien1973 on August 1, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Sort of another “Jesse Owens” moment.

Just not in an Islamic country.

listens2glenn on August 1, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Gret post, MKH, but the girls prefer to be called “The Fierce Five.”

radjah shelduck on August 1, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Her parents were so much fun to watch. I think they broke some seats with all body English they were putting into each of Aly’s routines. It may be harder on the parents than the gymnasts.

d1carter on August 1, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Yes, her parents are awesome:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39qo9OH5u18

el75 on August 1, 2012 at 6:11 PM

the liberal media would call this choice of music a “gaffe”

Slade73 on August 1, 2012 at 6:13 PM

L’Chaim!

BallisticBob on August 1, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Thanks for the Thread MKH. She was fantastic as well as the rest of the U.S. team. Go Aly!!!

DDay on August 1, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Sort of another “Jesse Owens” moment.

Just not in an Islamic country.

listens2glenn on August 1, 2012 at 6:10 PM

With Finsbury Park just up the road, you may want to reconsider that.

Rixon on August 1, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Thanks canopfor

I would like to know what were the deductions of McKayla’s vault.I’m no expert but it looked perfect, even in slow-mo.

The Fab Five surely lived up to their handle and expectations.

plutorocks on August 1, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Kerri Strug!!! That video is what you show to illustrate the definition of GUTS ––– and also perhaps poor judgement of her coach.

Ira on August 1, 2012 at 6:19 PM

listens2glenn on August 1, 2012 at 6:10 PM

.
With Finsbury Park just up the road, you may want to reconsider that.

Rixon on August 1, 2012 at 6:16 PM

.
Is that the British version of Dearborn, Michigan?

listens2glenn on August 1, 2012 at 6:20 PM

I will forever be thankful to have had the Olympics here in Ga. That was an unbeleivable day. The emotions were simply like nothing I had ever imagined. It will always be treasured memories attending those games.

Bmore on August 1, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Speaking of the Games,here is another story,Canadian/American
Duel Citizenship,and just WOW,we have great Countries!!

U.S. swimmer Missy Franklin cashes in for her Canadian parents
Last updated Tuesday, Jul. 31 2012, 4:16 AM EDT
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That his daughter would deliver on all her promise and skill was an excitable but anticipated moment for the Franklins, who are Canadians and whose daughter has dual citizenship.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/olympics/us-swimmer-missy-franklin-cashes-in-for-her-canadian-parents/article4449870/

It’s Missy mania! How the teenage swimmer from a Jesuit high school won America’s hearts

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2181589/Missy-Franklin-From-childhood-Olympic-gold.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

canopfor on August 1, 2012 at 6:22 PM

canopfor on August 1, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Holy $hit!!!

That is awesome….

BigWyo on August 1, 2012 at 6:22 PM

did the the ill tempered cranky little girls of the lebanese male judo team have to retire to their fainting couches with vats of smelling salts over this?

mittens on August 1, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Mazel tov!

portlandon on August 1, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Omeyn Breeder! My little bubbe would’ve been proud!

oldroy on August 1, 2012 at 6:24 PM

She nailed it. Awesome performance.

talkingpoints on August 1, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Those girls represent what is best about this Country…

:)

Seven Percent Solution on August 1, 2012 at 6:25 PM

What she did on that first run I didn’t think could be done.
And I cried got something in my eye watching Kerri’s vault.

Gwillie on August 1, 2012 at 6:25 PM

I imagine her performance looked like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11lu4TudL4U

Blake on August 1, 2012 at 6:26 PM

McKayla…

canopfor on August 1, 2012 at 6:09 PM

And the Judges took points off.

oldroy on August 1, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Go Team USA! :-)

Punchenko on August 1, 2012 at 6:27 PM

el75 on August 1, 2012 at 6:11 PM

That’s adorable and painful to watch. Thank heavens there were never any cameras on me at one of my kids sporting events.

My brother was a very successful wrestler in high school (third in state at his weight). I felt like I had been through the isometric wringer after watching his matches.

Fallon on August 1, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Aly Raisman – London Olympics 29th July 2012
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OapHAF8dFxI

Hava Nagila Original
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHSNZK4Je-Y

Interview with the Raismans
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Published on Jul 7, 2012

NESN.com sat down with the parents of Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman. Topics discussed include the realization of their daughters achievements, Aly’s introduction to gymnastics, and the emotions they feel when watching her compete.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AAY7O0H0bA&feature=related

Aly Raisman one Olympic goals
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June 11, 2012 by CNN
Olympic hopeful Aly Raisman talks about goals, priorities, and boyfriends.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GR8un1K98zU&feature=related

canopfor on August 1, 2012 at 6:32 PM

And I cried got something in my eye watching Kerri’s vault.

Gwillie on August 1, 2012 at 6:25 PM

It is not possible for me to see Kerri nail the landing on one leg and not have my jaw drop, even after all these years.

The Fierce Five were amazing as well.

USA! USA! USA!

pookysgirl on August 1, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Thanks canopfor

I would like to know what were the deductions of McKayla’s vault.I’m no expert but it looked perfect, even in slow-mo.

The Fab Five surely lived up to their handle and expectations.

plutorocks on August 1, 2012 at 6:19 PM

plutorocks:I can’t see any deductions either,and yes,the girls were
outstanding!:)

canopfor on August 1, 2012 at 6:35 PM

canopfor on August 1, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Phenomenal is right. She soars through the air and sticks it. Just amazing.

Fallon on August 1, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Those girls represent what is best about this Country…

:)

Seven Percent Solution on August 1, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Seven Percent Solution:You nailed SPS:)

canopfor on August 1, 2012 at 6:37 PM

And I cried got something in my eye watching Kerri’s vault.

Gwillie on August 1, 2012 at 6:25 PM

I got something in my eye too.

And then I remembered the ESPN commercial where they carried Kerri Strugg around the office. So funny.

magicbeans on August 1, 2012 at 6:37 PM

canopfor on August 1, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Holy $hit!!!

That is awesome….

BigWyo on August 1, 2012 at 6:22 PM

BigWyo:I stumbled on it last night!:)

canopfor on August 1, 2012 at 6:38 PM

This is somewhat inappropriate to say, but a few weeks back my fiance (who is a huge gymnastics fan) was watching the Olympic trials. She told me there were two people from my home state trying to make the team. On from Winchester (she didn’t make the final cut) and one from Needham.
I jokingly asked if the girl from Needham was Jewish. Not five seconds later she started her floor routine with hava nagila playing. Uncomfortable and hilarious at the same time.

Mahna Mahna on August 1, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Watching a strong, beautiful Jewish woman finish her last tumbling pass, triumphant, as the whole stadium clapped along to a Hebrew folk song of celebration was a great moment— a moving, joyous contrast to Munich and an example of the kind of cultural tribute that’s unstoppable in free people, no matter what the IOC says.

Aly Raisman has been a favorite of mine all along. Hubby kept saying that the announcers going on and on about Jordan Wieber not making the all around was disrespectful to Aly and Gabby’s accomplishments. I kinda agree. It’s the Olympics, nothing is guaranteed.

Fallon on August 1, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Seriously, where are the deductions coming from?

I’ll bet it was because she was about 6-8″ off center to the left on the landing. That’s the only thing I can see about it that might cause a deduction.

JeffWeimer on August 1, 2012 at 6:46 PM

It is not possible for me to see Kerri nail the landing on one leg and not have my jaw drop, even after all these years.

The Fierce Five were amazing as well.

USA! USA! USA!

pookysgirl on August 1, 2012 at 6:33 PM

I remember watching that live. It was incredible, and all the sweeter when the score came in.

JeffWeimer on August 1, 2012 at 6:48 PM

USA Gymnastics: Jordyn Wieber’s Epic Team Final Performance Shows True Potential
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With the USA gymnastics team earning a gold medal in the team competition in dominating fashion, Jordyn Weiber’s “shocking” exclusion from the all-around championships seems all but a distant memory.

After feeling the heartbreak of defeat and working through an injury,

Wieber led off the competition on the vault with one of the rarest and most difficult moves in gymnastics:
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a two-and-a-half twisting Amanar.
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Wieber went on to convert the move with a score of 15.993. Because her teammates knew her emotional state heading into the routine, Wieber hitting the move sent a jolt of energy into the rest of her team. Gabby Douglas had this to say about the move Team USA likes to label their “secret weapon”:

“When she went out there and nailed that vault, it was contagious,” said Douglas, who followed next and got even more amplitude and higher marks.

The emotional and pain-fighting Wieber said it’s easier for her to avoid thinking about the pain when she’s competing:

“On the competition floor, the pain just goes away. I really mentally have to forget about it and just do my routines.”

It may have been difficult for a 17-year-old to overcome a national news story and regain her composure, but Jordyn Wieber overcame all the negativity surrounding her earlier performances to help capture gold. Not many teenagers can overcome a a rumor about them through their high school, and Wieber got over national attention in a matter of days. That’s quite the accomplishment for a teenage girl.(More…)
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http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1281470-usa-gymnastics-jordyn-wiebers-epic-team-final-performance-shows-true-potential

canopfor on August 1, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Hubby kept saying that the announcers going on and on about Jordan Wieber not making the all around was disrespectful to Aly and Gabby’s accomplishments. I kinda agree. It’s the Olympics, nothing is guaranteed.

Fallon on August 1, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Big big bingo. Gabby and Alex performed. Nothing disrespectful to Weiber, but she didn’t lose to just anybody. The other two won with a life-time of hard work and nearly perfect performance when it counted.

oldroy on August 1, 2012 at 6:50 PM

I remember watching that live. It was incredible, and all the sweeter when the score came in.

JeffWeimer on August 1, 2012 at 6:48 PM

JeffWeimer:

Did you see the parents reaction,when they panned the cameras,
oh man,nerve-racking h*ll,and then the emotional release,I get
choked up,just typing,and re-thinking it!:)

canopfor on August 1, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Alex Raisman and McKayla Maroney – The Jesse Owens and bob Beamon of modern day Women’s gymnastics.

oldroy on August 1, 2012 at 7:02 PM

canopfor on August 1, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Call Me Maybe – 2012 USA Olympic Swimming Team

RedRobin145 on August 1, 2012 at 7:05 PM

I loved that song and wondered what it was. This makes it all the more special.

AmeriCuda on August 1, 2012 at 7:17 PM

canopfor on August 1, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Call Me Maybe – 2012 USA Olympic Swimming Team

RedRobin145 on August 1, 2012 at 7:05 PM

RedRobin145:Oh gawd,awesome,thank-you!:)

canopfor on August 1, 2012 at 7:19 PM

i caught that as well….excellent. :)

cmsinaz on August 1, 2012 at 7:20 PM

This just in from the White House…

“Raisman did not win that medal!

“Did she construct the gymnastics stadium, or put together that tumbling mat all by herself?

“Did Raisman sew that leotard which she wore during the competition?

“Did she mine and forge the gold which went into that medal?

“Ms. Raisman is no more responsible for winning that gold medal than any guy who’s sitting at his computer typing in a note on the HotAir message board..!”

shinty on August 1, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Also interesting.. China didn’t win any medal. Seems to me that the gymnastics gods are giving punishment for using 12-year-olds in the last Olympics.

But congrats for the U.S. – Talk about being mentally tough young kids – They went 12 for 12 as the heavy favorites in a pressure situation. And most of them probably don’t have their driver’s licenses yet.

Illinidiva on August 1, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

Put aside six minutes to check it out!

(I’m Jewish :)

Uncledave on August 1, 2012 at 7:55 PM

the liberal media would call this choice of music a “gaffe”

Slade73 on August 1, 2012 at 6:13 PM

…Ha!…good one!
…and thank you for the linky thingy’s canopfor!

KOOLAID2 on August 1, 2012 at 7:57 PM

I was watching that last night and thinking that there were heads exploding at the Guardian offices. LOTS of anti-semites in Great Britain nowadays. Good for the Raismans for giving them, all a big old F.U.

rockmom on August 1, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Anybody know why the teams went from 7 down 5 team members?

Patricksp on August 1, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Awesome!

I was watching that last night and thinking that there were heads exploding at the Guardian offices. LOTS of anti-semites in Great Britain nowadays. Good for the Raismans for giving them, all a big old F.U.

rockmom on August 1, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Funny you should say that. Pat Condell would agree.

Dan_Yul on August 1, 2012 at 8:40 PM

She isn’t Israeli, she’s an American Jew. Congrats to her and all that, but it’s a very different thing than an Israeli athlete winning gold.

MJBrutus on August 1, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Anybody know why the teams went from 7 down 5 team members?

Patricksp on August 1, 2012 at 8:37 PM

The IOC limits the amount of athletes that can compete in each sport – The governing body of gymnastics – FIG – was told that they could have X # of athletes for the sport and FIG had to decide whether to limit the teams or not let specialists from one/ two countries compete. For instance, Egypt qualified a few gymnasts to the Olympics. Since FIG wants wide support for gymnastics in countries that aren’t even gymnastics power houses, they obviously opted to limit the teams to five gymnasts.

Illinidiva on August 1, 2012 at 9:14 PM

could perhaps there be some kind of demonstration on the medal stand, similar to the blank panthers fists, but in recognition of the israelis? perhaps just the date held aloft on a placard, or pictures of the victims?

t8stlikchkn on August 1, 2012 at 9:25 PM

So I just watched synchronized diving. I’m no expert on the sport, but I know that I’m supposed to really care about the athletes keeping their legs together and hitting the water straight up and down and stuff.

I also know that I’m a very bad person for not being able to give a rat’s keester if they do or they don’t, but I just can’t help myself.

MJBrutus on August 1, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Fierce Five!

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2012/08/how-us-gymnastics-team-crushed-russians-gif-guide/55271/

This column did an analysis using gifs. I haven’t seen this done before, and I really liked it.

INC on August 1, 2012 at 9:36 PM

I also know that I’m a very bad person for not being able to give a rat’s keester if they do or they don’t, but I just can’t help myself.

MJBrutus on August 1, 2012 at 9:35 PM

i love how we all become experts in this stuff every 4 years. esp the winter ones. ya know, i’m sitting around with my buddies drinking bear, and some guys like “hey that dude didnt execute his triple sowkow!! hey flew out. thats gonna hurt!! hey anyone see the curling scores?”. and phil hasnt ice skated in his life. and we all of course are then critiquing the sowkow.

t8stlikchkn on August 1, 2012 at 9:45 PM

What she did on that first run I didn’t think could be done.
And I cried got something in my eye watching Kerri’s vault.

Gwillie on August 1, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Well, between this and the Chick-fil-A pictures I have had something in my eye all day.

I am damn proud to be an American today.(More so than usual)

Jvette on August 1, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Chick looks like Cardassian from Star Trek Deep Space Nine.

Your Mamma loves me on August 1, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Aly’s mom was a gymnast as well, which is the reason for all the squirming – she was following along.

Ward Cleaver on August 1, 2012 at 10:55 PM

When Kerry Strug planted her final vault, I jumped up so hard I knocked the couch over behind me. It still feels the same way watching it now. And with Maroney’s FLAWLESS vault, I am reminded of the horror I felt for so many years when all of the non-USA teams were automatically scored better than us no matter how poorly they did and how well we did.

Freelancer on August 1, 2012 at 10:59 PM

What a magnificent fu to the IOC!

After I watched the goofy opening ceremonies I decided not to watch the games because of the anti-semitism.

So all I know is that we have a young skeet shooter who is racking up medals again in his second Olympics. And i heard Greg Gutfeld say today on my xm radio that the Australian synchronized swimmers were cuter than a wallaby riding a unicorn over a rainbow. That’s pretty darn cute.

juliesa on August 1, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Today has been a very good day for all America loving residents of the USA!

Yes indeed — today was a great day all around.

FlatFoot on August 1, 2012 at 11:02 PM

could perhaps there be some kind of demonstration on the medal stand, similar to the blank panthers fists, but in recognition of the israelis? perhaps just the date held aloft on a placard, or pictures of the victims?

t8stlikchkn on August 1, 2012 at 9:25 PM

I like that idea a lot.

juliesa on August 1, 2012 at 11:26 PM

None of videos with Ali are viewable. What happened? None of them – they are all blank. Must have really ticked off NBC = I believe they have the videos – they’re scared they’ll go viral.

I hope you’ve got backups for tomorrow so we can see them.

“Hava Nagila” is one of the most enjoyable songs, period. We used to use it at church camps. Who wudda thunk!

Way to go Ali.

MN J on August 1, 2012 at 11:56 PM

makes me squeal

You called?…

Gohawgs on August 2, 2012 at 3:16 AM

From your Haaretz.com link:
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American Jews were collectively kvelling at the showing of gymnast Alexandra Raisman, who was the undisputed star of the NBC Sunday night Olympic broadcast.

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I’ll bet some were even proud of the whole American team.
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The International Olympic Committee, cowed by the threat of a boycott by Arab nations, refused to give a moment of silence in London’s opening ceremony to honor 11 Israeli Olympians murdered 40 years ago by Palestinian terrorists at the Munich Olympics.

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This is only the fourth Hot Air post on this subject. I think i’ll wait until Ed or AP weighs in before I give a proper reply.

weathermen on August 2, 2012 at 6:38 AM

Same day as Chick Fil A? Grin. There’s not many of us out there, and it’s very nice to learn of some small victories over the bullies and thugs and murdering slimballs who would take all freedom and fun and laughter.

Portia46 on August 2, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Hey, no fair! I’m sitting at my desk at work with tears in my eyes. Beautiful girls, beautiful stories. Mazel Tov!

neyney on August 2, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Came back to check to see if HA posted anything about Gabby Douglas beating out the Russians and winning Gold in the individual All Around contest and I see…Nothing.

That girl (whose father is stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan) is a true American story going from a no name to the champ in under a year.

TruUSA on August 3, 2012 at 7:13 PM