An Under-17 world champion in 2002, Shahar Tzuberi has quickly risen to become one of Israel's favorites for a medal in Beijing. The 21-year-old first made his mark on the senior circuit in 2007, finishing in sixth and eighth positions in the European and World Championships respectively. Earlier this year, Tzuberi demonstrated just why the expectations for him are so high when he claimed the bronze medal at the World Championships in New Zealand. As each country can only send one competitor to the Olympic windsurfing competition, Tzuberi had to not only do well in the different championships, but had to also get the better of his fellow Israelis. Despite his inexperience, Tzuberi easily beat out his main rival, Athens 2004 windsurfing gold medalist Gal Fridman, to the precious Olympic ticket.