Introducing Israel's Olympians: Neta Rivkin

Rhythmic Gymnastics – Individual All-Around.

July 12, 2012 00:01
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Neta Rivkin 370. (photo credit: reuters)

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 14th place.

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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, Belarus.

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 points.

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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.

“This 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.

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