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Introducing Israel’s Olympians: Felix Aronovich

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June 22, 2012 03:11

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FELIX ARONOVICH

FELIX ARONOVICH 370. (photo credit:Israel Gymnastics Association)

For some athletes, the Olympic Games are all about winning a medal. For others, it is about reaching a final.

However, for the likes of Felix Aronovich, who has spent his career being overlooked by almost everyone, simply participating in the Olympics is the realization of a dream many deemed impossible.



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With his Israel colleague Alex Shatilov garnering all the attention in recent years with historic medals at the World and European Championships, Aronovich is largely unknown even to avid Israeli sports fans.

The 23 year old, who moved to Israel from his native Ukraine at the age of two, secured his place in London just last month after finishing 11th overall in the Individual All-Around competition at the European Championships in Montpellier, meeting the Olympic Committee of Israel’s criteria.

Aronovich, who as a senior at Penn State was a key member of a squad that finished third at the National Collegiate Championships this year, knows he has already achieved his goal simply by qualifying for the Olympics, but he is hoping to also make a mark in London.

“I felt like a huge massive rock was lifted off me,” Aronovich recently told International Gymnast Magazine about booking his place at the 2012 Games. “I wasn’t precisely happy. Relieved would be the proper word.

“A final on an individual event will be impractical for me, but I will try to make the (24-gymnast) all-around final. If I have a good day and things go as they are supposed to, I think I can do it.”

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