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Meet the Team Israel athletes competing in the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games

Meet the Team Israel athletes competing in the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games
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While the United States have summoned an impressive 2, 800 athletes, and Team Canada is predicted to win a whopping record-high 33 medals, they say that good things come in small packages. Every single one of Team Israel's determined athletes will be giving it their all at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics this February.
 
Let's meet the Israeli athletes representing our fierce nation:
 

Itamar Biran

 

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Born: March 3, 1998
Place of birth: London, UK
Sport & event(s): Alpine skiing - Men's giant slalom, Men's slalom
Achievements: Qualified for the final race in giant slalom at the 2015 World Championships in Beaver Creek, USA

 

Oleksii (Alexei) Bychenko

 

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Born: February 5, 1988
Place of birth: Kiev, Ukraine
Sport & event(s): Figure skating - Men's singles
Achievements:  2016 European silver medalist (first ever Israeli skater to medal at the European Championships); 2016 Rostelecom Cup bronze medalist
 

Daniel Samohin

 

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Born: March 12, 1998
Place of birth: Tel Aviv, Israel
Sport & event(s): Figure skating - Men's singles
Achievements: 2016 World Junior champion; 2015 US International Classic gold medalist

 

Paige Conners / Evgeni Krasnopolski

 

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Born: April 9, 2000 / October 4, 1988
Place of birth: Pittsford, New York, USA / Kiev, Ukraine
Sport & event(s): Figure skating - Pairs
 

Adel Tankova / Ronald Zilberberg

 

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Born: May 22, 2000 / April 4, 1996
Place of birth: Dnipro, Ukraine / Kiriyat Shmona, Israel
Sport & event(s): Ice dancing - Pairs
 

Vladislav Bykanov

 

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Born: November 19, 1989
Place of birth: Lviv, Ukraine
Sport & event(s): Short track speed skating - 500 m, 1, 000 m, 1, 500 m
Achievements: Bronze medalist in the Men’s 1,500-meters final at the 2018 ISU European Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Dresden, Germany
 

Adam (AJ) Edelman, aka the "Hebrew Hammer"

 

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Born: March 14, 1991
Place of birth: Brookline, Massachusetts, USA
Sport & event(s): Men's skeleton
Achievements: Israel’s first ever competitor in skeleton; 4-time national title holder
 
 
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