Peres hosts Maccabiah’s Olympian athletes
Maccabiah 2013

Peres hosts Maccabiah’s Olympian athletes

Israel’s baseball team clinches historic win over US; Canada dominates hockey and volleyball tournaments

Shimon Peres hosts Maccabiah athletes, Tuesday (photo credit: Maccabi Nederland/via Facebook)
Shimon Peres hosts Maccabiah athletes, Tuesday (photo credit: Maccabi Nederland/via Facebook)

Some of Tuesday’s Maccabiah action took place off the field, as President Shimon Peres hosted a number of decorated Jewish Olympians at his official residence.

In the sporting world, Israel’s baseball team handed the US its first ever loss in Maccabiah, while Canada’s delegation continued to position itself as a powerhouse in a number of team sports.

In the morning, Peres welcomed a world delegation to his home for a reception. Among those in attendance were two-time Olympic gold gymnast Aly Raisman, two-time Olympic gold swimmer Garrett Weber-Gale, members of the Netherlands delegation and several coaches and managers.

On his twitter feed, Garrett Weber-Gale said that he was ready to make aliya; Peres responded by saying he would help to fill out the paper work.

While Peres was hosting the athletes, the Israeli baseball team beat the US 5-3, handing the US its first loss since the sport was added to the Maccabiah games. “It gives a good feeling, the guys played well,” Orr Gotllieb, Israel’s assistant coach, told The Times of Israel shortly after the victory.

Canada’s open men’s volleyball team continued to dominate its opponents and beat Argentina 25-12, 25-21, and 25-23. The team, led by Olympian Josh Binstock, is now undefeated at 3-0. The Canadian international played in the 2012 London Olympic Games and won a silver and bronze medal at the 2009 Norceca Beach Volleyball Circuit.

In one of the most anticipated games of the week, Canada’s open men’s hockey team routed the United States 6-1. Many fans and experts believed the score would be much closer and were disappointed by the one-sided result.

Daniel Zacks, an avid hockey fan who drove for three hours from Modiin to attend the game, noticed how intense the rivalry was. “This is the most physical Maccabiah game I have ever seen. USA and Canada don’t seem to like each other very much.”

Canadian Adam Henrich led his squad with a spectacular hat-trick. Henrich was drafted in the 2002 NHL draft, has had an extensive professional career, and is currently playing in the Elite Ice Hockey League. Henrich has also been a huge advocate for Israeli hockey.

Aaron Kalman contributed to this article

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