Gal Fridman

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Gal Fridman (; born September 16, 1975) is an Israeli windsurfer and Olympic gold medalist.

He was born in Karkur, Israel, and lives in nearby kibbutz Sdot Yam.

Fridman won a bronze medal in the Atlanta 1996 Summer Olympics, and a gold medal in the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics. He is the only Israeli athlete to win two Olympic medals, and the first (and only, thus far) Olympic gold medalist in Israeli history. Fittingly, his first name, Gal, means "wave" in Hebrew.

Early life & windsurfing career

The second out of three children, Fridman was born to Dganit and Uri Fridman, and has an older sister named Maayan and a younger brother named Yuval. Introduced by his father to windsurfing, Fridman started sailing at age 7, and racing at age 11. His earliest international competitions were in youth categories during his school years (1989 & 1991), after which he served in the IDF and began competing in adult categories.

In 1995, he won the ASA Boardsailing Championship in Eilat, Israel. In 1999, he won the International ASA Windsurfing Championship in Eilat. Despite his form in the previous year, he failed to qualify to the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

In 2002, he won the Mistral World Championship in Pattaya, Thailand, and in February 2003, Fridman was listed #1 on the International Sailing Federation rankings.

Atlanta 1996

In 1996, Gal Fridman won an Olympic bronze medal for Israel in the Mistral men's windsurfing category, and was named Israeli Sportsman of the...... ...
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