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August 17, 1990 - Image 77

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-08-17

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special nature of the event.
"What was amazing to me
was the getting together
with people of my own faith
from all over the world,"
said Glantz, 22, of Hart-
sdale, N.Y., who was captain
of this year's Ivy League-
champion Princeton Univer-
sity swim team.
"There were great social
activities in Detroit, too.
They didn't interfere with
the athletic events, but they
did a great job of promoting
the social interaction of all
the athletes."
Glantz, winner of four
golds in the first North
American Games, held in
Memphis in 1982, was 16
when he came to the Motor
City. He steamed the Detroit
pool, winning both the 100
and 200 backstroke, the 200
individual medley and the
200 breaststroke and was a
member of two winning
relay teams. He might have
won a seventh gold, but a
foot injury scratched him
from the 100 butterfly.
His identical twin Jeremy
didn't do badly in Motown,
either, swimming to two
golds, two silvers and two
bronzes.
The brothers later co-
captained the 1986 New
York state high school
championship team. The
Princeton tankers, Ivy
League swim champs the
last four years, won the 40-
team Eastern Seaboard
tournament title under
Joshua's captaincy.
Joshua reached the finals
in three events of the '89
Maccabiah, finishing fourth
in the 200 IM.
The twins graduated from
Princeton in June, are
teaching children to swim
this summer and will enter
law school in the fall. But
Joshua is hoping to return to
Detroit this week to see the
1990 Games.
"Detroit was very pleas-
ant," he said. "I have only
great things to say about it."
Although Samantha Lin-
coln, now a 20-year-old Yale
University junior from Erie,
Pa., didn't fare well in gym-
nastics as a 14-year-old at
Detroit, she still enjoyed the
trip, she said. And going to
Detroit encouraged her to
continue with Maccabi:
switching to track and field
for the Toronto Youth
Games in 1986, Lincoln won
both the 100- and 200-meter
dashes (:12.4 in the 100) and

the long jump, with a leap of
17 feet, 10 inches.
Now a sprinter, hurdler
and long-jumper on the Yale
women's team, Lincoln won
the Maccabiah gold medal
with a leap of 18 feet, 5 in-
ches in the '89 World Games.
She was fifth in the 100-
meter hurdles in Israel,
seventh in the 100 dash and,
with Hannah Kramer, was
on the silver medal-winning
4x100 U.S. relay team. She
plans to defend her long-
jump title in the '93 World
Maccabiah.
Marc Schwartz, a Boston-
area tennis player who won
a bronze in Detroit, re-
members having "a great
time. I have a lot of really
good friends I met in
Detroit."
Last year, the Brookline,
Mass. netter, who was all-
Big 10 at the University of
Wisconsin, beat out a field of
32 U.S. Jewish players for
one of six berths on the U.S.
Maccabiah team. He reached
the round of 16 in Israel,
bowing out when his Israeli
opponent rallied from a 5-4
deficit in the third set.
Schwartz, 21, finished his
collegiate career at Wiscon-
sin as the Badgers' No. 1
singles player. He plans on a
pro career.
"Detroit was the start of it
all" for Hannah Kramer, 21,
a June dietetics graduate
from the University of
Delaware who is going on to
graduate school. If it hadn't
been for Detroit, "I wouldn't
have had the chance to go to
Israel."
"The whole community in
Detroit was great. They
were all involved in the
Games." The '84 Detroit and
'85 Israel Games "were like
the best few weeks of my
life."
Kramer, from Lafayette
Hill, a Philadelphia suburb,
took second in her only
Detroit event, the 100-meter
dash (:12.9), went to the '85
World Maccabiah as a junior
and won two silver medals
for the U.S. as part of the
4x100 and 4x400 relay
teams.
In '87, she was a member
of the gold medal-winning
4x100 U.S. relay team in the
Pan Am Maccabi Games in
Caracas, Venezuela. She
brought home two bronze
medals in the 100 and 200
dashes. Two years later, she
competed in her second
World Maccabiah.

"It's not only the com-
peting, but the meeting of
people from all the other
countries," Kramer said of
her international competi-
tions.
"I wish more people knew
about the Youth Games,"
said Kramer, who learned
about Detroit in 1984 via a
memo in her synagogue.
"There are a lot of good
athletes who could go, but
don't know about it. They
should advertise it more."
Samuel Singer, now 20
and a two-year starter on the
University of Portland's na-
tionally ranked soccer team,
was a 14-year-old soccer
player on the Northern
California Maccabi squad
that won the gold medal in
Detroit in '84.
"It was close," he recalled.
"We lost to New York and
went into the losers bracket
and had to win by the back
door. We came back to meet
New York in the finals and
beat them 3-2 to win the
title."

"The whole
community in
Detroit was
great. They
were all
involved in the
Games."
Hannah
Kramer

Singer competed in the '86
Toronto Youth Games but
his team lost in the first
round.
In last year's World Mac-
cabiah, Singer's U.S. team
lost in the quarterfinals to
eventual runner-up Argen-
tina. He plans to play in the
'93 Maccabiah World Games
and in U.S. professional
soccer.
He would like to take an
Oregon team to the Youth
Games "just to give back
what I've gotten from both
the junior Maccabi and the
World Maccabiah." He's
seen firsthand the volume of
work done by volunteers on
behalf of Jewish youth, and
it has impressed him.
"It was a great trip to
Detroit," Singer said.
"There was great hospitali-
ty. I had a great time." ❑

Hannah Kramer,
Track and field.

Sam Singer,
Soccer.

Samantha Lincoln,
Gymnastics.

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