Dreaming of Olympics, Young Israeli Figure Skaters Take to the Ice in Growing Numbers

It may sound incongruous in such a hot climate, but the opening of new rinks has brought figure skating and ice hockey into the Israeli sporting mainstream.

HOLON − At the center of the ice rink here, about a dozen pre-adolescents are being tested to see if they qualify for the next level of figure skating. Over in the corner, a few teens are practicing more advanced moves with their private instructors. And just outside the main entrance door, the parking lot is quickly filling up, as hurried-looking moms drop their kids off...