Four more members of the Israeli delegation to the London Olympics, which gets underway in 10 days, set off for the United Kingdom on Monday. The four - Lee Korzits, Nufar Edelman, Vered Bouskila and Gil Cohen - will join fellow sailors Gidi Kliger and Eran Sela, who have been in London since late last week.
Before taking off from Ben-Gurion International Airport, the four women were the guests of honor at a reception hosted by El Al CEO Eliezer Shkedi, Israel Olympic Committee chairman Zvi Varshaviak, and the head of the Israeli delegation to London, Efraim Zinger. "We have high hopes for these Games," Zinger said, "and the sailors are a key part of those hopes."
Korzits, who will be competing in her second Olympic Games, said that she has been "working nonstop for the past four years for this moment. We're obviously very excited because of the well-wishers and the receptions, but as soon as we reach the Olympic site and we get into the water, we'll be calm. I am pleased that the sailing events are taking place so far away from the Olympic village. I need peace and quiet to prepare. I'm not there for the parties or the socializing; I'm there to win a medal. This way, I will be focused on what I hope to achieve and not on the Olympic experience."
Cohen, for whom this is her first Olympic Games, says that she believes that by the time she starts her event, the excitement over being at the world's biggest sporting event will have worn off. Her partner, Bouskila, agrees. "We don't start competing until August 3," she said. "I assume that by then we will have got used to the atmosphere and we won't be overawed."
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