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July 28, 1989 - Image 46

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-07-28

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he "Michigan Story"
at the 13th Maccabiah
in Israel this month
was a tale of medals and
memories tempered by
malfunctioning equipment
and injuries.
But the bottom line was a
unique sense of brotherhood
with fellow Jewish athletes
from around the world.
"It was a great experience,"
said Ben Braun of Eastern
Michigan University, who
coached the United States
men's basketball team to the
silver medal. "There were
60,000 people in the stands
for the opening ceremony and
it was unbelievable to be mar-
ching in as part of 5,000
Jewish athletes and coaches."
The U.S. contingent of 502
members was second in size
only to Israel's.
Joel Goldstein of Flint, who
won a bronze medal on the
U.S. badminton team despite
injuring a leg, said the open-
ing ceremony was "incredible.
The U.S. delegation wound up
in front of the Prime Minister.
"The thing I felt the most
was, I felt secure; I felt very
much at home, and that sur-
prised me," said Goldstein,
who traded his U.S. team cap
for a Hungarian athlete's
Said David Stollman of Bir-
mingham, a member of the
gold medal-winning U.S. fen-
cing team: "I'll probably
never experience anything
like that again. You meet peo-
ple from all these countries —
like India and Ireland,
Australia and South Africa —
and you don't realize they're
Jewish. They're not only
fellow competitors, but also
fellow Jewish competitors."
"It was a patently pleasant
experience, with lots of nice
people," said Eugene Perle of
West Bloomfield, a masters
(50-plus) squash player. "It
was a pleasure to see and play
against them."
Said Coach Braun, "We
gained a tremendous ap-
preciation for Israel and its
people. Unless you were there,
you really don't appreciate all
of it."

The U.S. basketball team,
which played to full gyms all
over Israel, was cheered, said
Braun. "I was surprised at
how popular the U.S. was."
The U.S. cagers were
undefeated as they faced
Israel in the final contest. But

Ben Braun

the Israelis, featuring two
players from the interna-
tional professional league
plus at least two more who
have been recruited by
American colleges, won the
game 101-92 to claim the gold
medal for the first time in 16
years. "They could compete
against a lot of (U.S.) college
teams," said the U.S. coach.
"We played very well," said
Braun, whose team pressed
and ran its way to a 50-48
halftime lead. "We shocked
them. Nobody had played
them that closely. But their
depth was tremendous and
they were in great shape."
Half of Braun's team hadn't
played since the 1985 Mac-
cabiah and 6-foot-9 Howard
Levy and 6-8 Neil Bernstein
were playing with back in-
juries. During the game,
three U.S. players fouled out.
Goldstein, the University of
Arizona's two-time All-

Joel Goldstein

American in badminton, is
waiting out the month to see
if he'll need tendon surgery
on his right knee, which is in
a full-leg cast. Surgery could

lay him up for nine months,
but if it's not needed, he could
be playing for ASU in
Goldstein was playing
against the Israeli national
champion when he was in-
jured. "It was just a regular
return shot, but my foot stuck
in the rubber floor; my knee
turned and my body went
around it." Had he won the
match, the U.S. team would
have played Great Britain for
the gold medal.
As it was, Goldstein tried to
play doubles wearing a brace,
but couldn't. No. 1 seed on the
U.S. team, he was among the
top five in the open division
and among the top two in
mixed doubles.
"It was fantastic," said
Goldstein. "I want to go back
in four years and win the gold

David Stollman

not only because this (injury)
happened to me, but just for
being among all these people
from all over the world."
Fencer Stollman said the
high-tech electrical equip-
ment he wore during his mat-
ches kept grounding out. "I
had all kinds of problems
throughout the day. I'd make
a hit and the light wouldn't
go off," said the University of
Pennsylvania senior.

When he complained dur-
ing the first day to the
Hungarian director, "I was
told to fence or 'go home bye-
bye' "
The short was found that
night and the next day
Stollman went 5-0 in team
competition. The U.S. squad
romped over the Israelis to
the gold medal.
Stollman, who rose this
year from 28th to 12th rank-
ing in the U.S. Fencing

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