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2015 EMG Daily Update- August 2

Message from Melissa Perlman, Open Half Marathon

Earlier today, the European Maccabi Games' half marathon took place in Olympic Park in Berlin, Germany; a location that not so long ago denied the participation of Jews in the Olympics and promoted the Nazi regime.

But this morning it was a different story. This morning Team USA, made up of four women and two men, joined with more than 50 Jewish athletes from many European nations to compete and run 13.1 miles or 21k around the park. And to say that it was an amazing experience would be an understatement.

Team USA represented well winning the overall first place positions in both the men's (Fred Klevan) and women's (Samantha Lee) divisions; and adding numerous medals to the count (including my own second place overall). But beyond the impressive performances by the entire team, it was the experience that we all had the opportunity to be a part of that was so much bigger than any single one of us.

For me, the emotions ran deep. Having heard about the Maccabi Games as a little girl from my dad (a 1973 gold medalist) and then competing myself in both the 1997 and 2013 World Maccabi Games, I thought I knew what to expect. But today was much different. Today brought together the history we read about, the culture we live, and indescribable pride we feel. Running today in Olympic Park alongside my teammates, as well as friends from across the globe, was a beautiful experience unlike any other that I will remember forever! Thank you Maccabi!

Melissa Perlman, Open Half Marathon

Team USA Results

Today's competitions: Basketball, Bridge, Chess, Fencing, Half Marathon, Soccer, Table Tennis, Tennis & Water Polo

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