Israel wins its first two Olympic medals in its 10th Olympic appearance, in judo. Judoka Yael Arad wins a silver medal and her teammate Oren Smadja wins bronze. Since then, Israel has won seven more bronze medals and a gold — by Gal Fridman in men’s windsurfing in 2004.

Gold medalist Gal Fridman at the official reception at Ben-Gurion Airport after the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. Photo courtesy of the GPO