At just 17-years-old, Neta Rivkin was the youngest member of the Israeli
delegation to the Beijing Games four years ago.
Rivkin was sent to China
as one of three up-and- coming athletes who fell just short of the criteria and
exceeded all expectations by ending the Individual All-Around competition in
She has shown consistent progress in the four years since,
becoming the first Israeli to win a medal at the European Championships in May
of last year, finishing the Clubs competition in second place in Minsk,
Rivkin booked her place at this summer’s Olympics last
September, ending the All- Around competition at the World Championships in
Montpellier, France in 10th position, comfortably achieving the Olympic
Committee of Israel’s criteria after recording a result of 107.925
A week earlier, the 21-year-old became the first Israeli to win a
medal at the Worlds when she claimed a bronze in the Hoop final.
was a crucial competition and I managed to achieve all the targets I set
myself,” Rivkin said at the time. “I booked my ticket to the Olympics and I
reached the final in all four of the individual competitions, also winning an
historic medal, which was a dream come true.”
At the Olympics, medals are
only handed out in the All-Around, but if things go as planned for Rivkin in
London she could sneak onto the podium and make history for Israel.