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August 27, 1993 - Image 45

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-08-27

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Agar- ,

a a ma asa,Ig *it tana wow *

The World Maccabiah got off to a quick start.

1111111or badminton
player Joel
Goldstein of
Flint, it was a
triumphant re-
turn to a scene of
great pain and frus-
For swimmer Dave
Stegman of West
Bloomfield, it was the
most memorable time of
his young life.
For swimmer Hy
Shenkman of Southfield,
the experience was "inde-
Yes, the 14th World
Maccabiah Games, held
last month in Israel,
meant many things to
many people.
The 14-athlete contin-
gent from southeast
Michigan on the United
States team enjoyed suc-
cess and camaraderie at
an event called "one for
the history books," by
Robert E. Spivak, head of
the U.S. delegation.

Detroit area
athletes had
a marvelous
time in Israel
at the World

Maccabiah Games in 1989,
the Berlin Wall has crum-
bled, the Iron Curtain has
lifted, apartheid has disin-
tegrated, and this sum-
mer, more barriers tum-
bled down," Spivak said.
"This was a Maccabiah
Games without boycotts,
without terrorism and
without politics, and that's
exactly the way it ought to
Goldstein, 25, who once
was considered the top
junior badminton player in
the country, won a mixed
doubles gold medal with
Liz Aronsen of Sweden
and he helped the U.S.
men's team capture a
bronze medal. Both came
in the open division.
Competing in the juniors
division, Stegman, 14, won
three bronze medals in
Shenkman, 73, won
three golds, one silver and
one bronze in the men's
age 70-74 competition in
the masters division.

While Goldstein was
taking part in a bad-
minton match in the 1989
Maccabiah Games, he tore
the anterior cruciate liga-
ment in his right knee, one
of the worst injuries an
athlete can suffer.
It was a crushing blow
to Goldstein, who had
earned a badminton schol-
arship at Arizona State
University and was on
track to becoming a world-
class player.
After undergoing sur-
gery at Arizona State,
enduring 18 months of
intense rehabilitation and
harboring many doubts
that he'd ever play compet-
itive badminton again,
Goldstein worked himself
back into shape, returned
to Israel last month and
won the gold and a bronze.
"I hurt my knee in a sin-
gles match against the No.
1 Israeli player during the
open-team competition,"
Goldstein recalled about
his 1989 injury. "During

the second game, I lunged
for a shot. My foot slipped,
then it caught on the floor.
"To be honest, at first I
had no plans to continue
playing competitive bad-
minton after the surgery
and rehabilitation. My
main concern was being
able to walk normally and
without pain."
There was a touch of
irony to the injury because
Goldstein had gone virtu-
ally pain-free during his
badminton career.
"The night before I was
hurt, I was talking with
some other badminton
players from England and
Denmark," Goldstein said.
"One of the English guys
mentioned a player he
knew who had just torn
his Achilles' tendon. I
remember saying then
that in all the years I'd
played badminton, I'd
never suffered a broken
bone or even gotten a

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