Daily Israel Report

Video: Israeli Olympics’ ‘Gentle Judo’ Champion

Arik Ze’evi is aiming to be the oldest person ever to win a medal in Olympics judo competition. “This will probably be last,” he says.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 7/25/2012, 12:02 PM

Arik Ze’evi is aiming to be the oldest person ever to win a medal in Olympics judo competition. “This will probably be last,” he says.

Ze’evi, a smiley personality now 35 years of age, was the oldest person every to win the European title. He explains that judo actually means “gentle way” in Japanese.

“Being an Israeli athlete is unique,” he says. “You can be a hero, and if you win, like I did in Athens, you get support everywhere. It is an amazing thing to hear the Israeli national anthem while everyone is looking at you."

“I want to make the country very happy.”