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December 16, 1988 - Image 47

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-12-16

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American men in the opening
the Chinese women, whose
parade, knowing four billion
team included an '84 gold
people were watching on TV;
medal-winner.
to be a part of that, right up
"We could have been fourth;
front — it made my hair stand
it was just a lack of interna-
on end.
tional experience," she said.
"Being there is being part
"But by finishing high we
of history. 'Not winning but
qualified for the Tournament
taking part' really is the cor-
of Seven Nations in West Ger-
rect motto for the Olympics."
many."
Mrs. Cheris now has her
Ken Chertow, at 21 the
own personal coach, a defec-
youngest free-style wrestler
tor from Poland, and expects
on the U.S. team is planning
to continue in the sport. Her
to compete again in Israel
son Aaron is only 14 and
and delay entrance to medical
would have to outperform
school for a year. But after
much older fences to join her
that, he'g uncertain.
on the Maccabiah Games
"Ideally," he admitted, "I'd
team next summer.
like to coach and compete for
Hammer-thrower Ken Flax
the next ten years — but then
admitted that the excitement
what would I want to be at
of being in the Olympic
age 40? Maybe I can go to
village probably caused him
medical school and compete,
to overtrain. "Usually, you
too?'
just come in the day before,
For his last season at Penn
compete, and leave the day
State, Chertow hopes to win
after — and I'm anti-social for
his first NCAA champion-
all three days. The village
ship, after twice being third.
was loud and noisy and the
Then he'll train year-round
beds uncomfortable, with
under international rules,
paper sheets. My parents' ac-
which differ from those used
commodations were much
in college matches.
better."
Flax fouled on a throw near
his personal best of 262 feet,
ROUND UP
which would have been a
near-medal performance. "So
I threw conservatively the
Eight Elected
next time and only placed
To Jewish Hall
18th of 30. My last throw was
bad technically," he said.
Three Americans are
Flax feels his sport is so
among eight sportsmen
technically demanding, and
elected to the International
he started so late (seven years
Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
ago — he's now 25) that he
for 1989: Former National
has yet to peak. But the
Basketball Association
future?
referee Mendy Rudolph;
"After the competition,
pioneer professional basket-
there's a traditional 'fest'
ball star Barney Sedran; and
among the hammer-throwers,
former world middleweight
he explained. "The Russian is
boxing champion Al McCoy.
telling me he can't wait to get
McCoy held the World Mid-
home, to see the completion of
dleweight
Crown from
the six-bedroom house being
1914-1917 and was the first
built for him. And I go home
southpaw to ever win a world
and have to move back in
boxing championship. Referee
with my parents because my
Mendy Rudolph, who worked
savings are gone and I have
his first game in 1952, is
no job.
recognized as setting the
"The East Europeans aren't
standard for all professional
bigger or stronger than we
court officials who followed
are; they just have a better
his 24-year tenure in the pro
system. I know I can improve,
game.
but with only modest support
Basketball star Barney
financially, thinking about
Sedran
was labelled at his in-
the future brought me off my
duction to the Naismith
high.
Memorial Basketball Hall of
"I want to go to the Mac-
Fame as "the most complete
cabiah and be bar mitzvah in
player of his time . . . the
Israel, but I may have to get
greatest little man who ever
a full-time job and not startg
played the game?' Known pro-
training again until a year or
fessionally as one half of the
so later. I should be training
"Heavenly Twins" (the other
right now."
half was Marty Friedman),
Although he is perhaps the
Sedran stood 5'4", 118
unhappiest of the Jewish
pounds, and was the highest
Olympians, Flax said "being
paid professional hoop star
in the first row of the

arabla •

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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