2004 – Gal Fridman takes gold

By Maia Stanton (Movement Worker 5777-8)

Gal Fridman is an Israeli windsurfer and Israel’s only Olympic Gold Medalist and was born in 1975. He won a Bronze Medal in the Atlanta 1996 Summer Olympics, and his Gold Medal in the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics. He is the only Israeli athlete to win two Olympic Medals, and the first (and so far the only) Olympic Gold medallist in Israeli history.
He is Jewish and the second out of three children. He grew up close to the Mediterranean Sea, and was introduced to Windsurfing by his father. He started sailing at the age of 7, and began racing when he was 11. He began competing internationally in youth categories while still at school. After his service in the IDF he began competing as an adult.