Gymnast Raisman makes Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

Olympic gold medal winner to be inducted into hall with 8 others, including a victim of the Munich massacre.

By JTA
August 28, 2012 22:14
Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman.

Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman 390. (photo credit: Brian Snyder / Reuters)

NEW YORK - Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Aly Raisman will be inducted into The National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame & Museum.

Raisman, 18, of Needham, Mass., will be among eight inductees into the hall in Commack, N.Y., in April.

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Also to be honored at the 21st annual induction ceremony is weighlifter David Berger, who was among the 11 Israelis killed at the Munich Olympics in 1972.

Raisman won a gold medal in the recently completed London Games on floor exercise with her routine to “Hava Nagila” and helped the US to the women's team title. She also earned a bronze on the balance beam.

Other inductees in April include sports photographer Andrew Bernstein; Steve Bilsky, the athletic director at the University of Pennsylvania; Bruce Cohen, a National Lacrosse Hall of Fame member; Randy Grossman, a former tight end for the Pittsburgh Steelers; and US swimmers Marilyn Ramenofsky and Garrett Weber-Gale.

Raisman was recognized last year by the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame as the recipient of the Pearl D. Mazor Outstanding Female Jewish High School Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.


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