A tale of two skaters

Not renowned for being a winter sports power, Israel faced a major dilemma ahead of the upcoming World Figure Skating Championships.

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March 28, 2017 16:09
World Figure Skating Championship

At just 17, the Tel Aviv-born Daniel Samohin became Israel’s first ever junior world champion in 2016. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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At the end of March, in Helsinki, Finland, the ISU World Figure Skating Championships will begin, attracting massive international coverage for the premier annual event of a sport with a huge fan base, viewed by television audiences around the globe counted in the tens of millions.

It’s a championship at which Israel ‒ no doubt to the surprise of many ‒ is expected to figure prominently. That, in itself, is something rarely said about Israeli sportsmen and sportswomen at the very highest level and, ironically, having waited for ages for one star talent to come along, what do you know, two arrive at the same time! The men’s competition at the world championships has given management of the Israeli team one huge problem to overcome.

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