Twelve of the 16 Atlanta-based athletes and coaches who traveled to Israel for the 20th World Maccabiah Games from July 4 to 17 returned with medals for their efforts.
Athletes Brent Rodgers, Jason Aspes, Scott Alterman, Allison Chernow, Leah Marks and Emily Duner and coaches Daniel Kaufman and Brian Seitz won medals in team sports, and swimmers Zachary Fisher and Andrew Winton captured individual medals.
Fencers Sophie Goodman and Michael Fazylov each won medals in team fencing.
In total, Atlanta athletes captured six gold medals, seven silvers and three bronze.
Runner Brooke Koblitz, judoka Ari Berliner, and fencer Will Feldman also competed in the games, while the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta’s Kenny Silverboard served as the accommodations manager for the U.S. delegation.
Thirty of the 59 competing countries earned medals in the 2017 edition of the games, which are held every four years in Israel. The host nation led the competition with 451 medals, while the United States finished second with 155. Australia was third with 33 medals.
Home With Hardware
The following Atlantans won medals at the Maccabiah Games:
- Daniel Kaufman — Gold, juniors baseball, ages 15-18.
- Brian Seitz — Gold, juniors basketball, ages 17-18.
- Allison Chernow — Gold, open women’s basketball.
- Brent Rodgers — Gold, juniors soccer, ages 15-16.
- Andrew Winton — Silver (two), swimming, open men’s 400-meter and 200-meter individual medley.
- Leah Marks — Silver, equestrian, open team dressage.
- Jason Aspes — Silver, masters men’s basketball, ages 45-plus.
- Scott Alterman — Silver, masters men’s basketball, ages 45-plus.
- Emily Duner — Silver, open women’s soccer.
- Zachary Fisher — Bronze, swimming, open men’s 100-meter butterfly. Silver and Gold in two relay races.
- Sophie Goodman — Silver, women’s epee group.
- Michael Fazylov — Gold, team saber and Silver, individual saber.