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Meet Bat-El Gatterer, First Orthodox Jewish Female Olympian

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There has only been one Orthodox Jewish woman in the history of the world to go to the Olympics and here name is Bat-El Gatterer. She is a Taekwondo athlete who got her start in the sport, because it was the only available after school program in her town that fit into her mother’s work schedule. Bat-El’s observance doesn’t slow her down: “Once, in Germany, I walked three hours in the snow [on Shabbos]. And when I get to the competition, I was like, how you say, “a snowman.” And two minutes after I get there, they called me to the fight….[laughs]…But it’s OK. I win.”

 


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