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Video: The Double Life of Israeli Soldier-Olympic Hopeful

Yahel is a champion water polo athlete, works with troubled children and is a dedicated soldier – with eyes on the Olympics in Rio in 2016.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 7/30/2012, 11:13 AM

Yahel Morvich Lahav is a champion water polo athlete, works with troubled children and also is a dedicated soldier – with his eyes on the Olympics in Rio in 2016.

Now age 20, he has been playing water polo since the age of 6 in Tel Aviv. He was captain of a team that reached the European league.

Before enlisting, he worked with autistic children and others who were cared for by welfare agencies after being taken from broken homes.

As a soldier, he works with youths every day, acting as a “Big Brother.”

“It is possible to combine training and competition with meaningful army service,” he says. “It is a challenge to combine army with sports, but I feel I am succeeding,” adding that he enjoys helping others.

Asked what he wishes for himself, he answers, “To make my way to the Olympics in Rio in 2016.”