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Shahar Peer – Point by Point

About: Excellence in Sports | Business | Life

60 minutes | Accompanied by a presentation | Required equipment: projector, screen, sound system, microphone or Madonna headset

July 30, 1992. Israel had its first female Olympic medalist. 

On the podium in Barcelona stands 25-year-old Yael Arad with a silver medal in judo – a milestone in the history of the State of Israel. 31 years have passed since that historic day at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, the day when Arad's achievement, breaking a 40-year psychological barrier, showed that it was possible and paved the way. Yael Arad received a big hug from the people of Israel, and her victory, beyond being a huge personal victory, became a national victory.

After the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Yael announced her retirement from competitive sports and turned to studying business administration, entrepreneurship, and business development.

In her lecture "Excellence in Sports | Business | Life", Yael Arad draws an analogy between excellence in sports and excellence in business and organizational values, while reviewing the motifs and events that led her to unprecedented success in judo on the international stage and achieving Israel's first Olympic medal.

Topics covered in the lecture:

* Motivation * Dealing with pressure * Setting goals * Achieving goals * Creativity *  Striving for excellence

Speaker Biography

Yael Arad, the first Israeli athlete to win an Olympic medal, is a true icon in the world of judo and a role model for aspiring athletes worldwide. Her unwavering determination, unwavering spirit, and unwavering commitment to excellence have inspired countless individuals to pursue their dreams and break down barriers.

Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, in 1967, Arad's passion for judo ignited at the tender age of eight when she joined the Maccabi Tel Aviv Judo Club. Her natural talent and dedication quickly set her apart, and she began to rise through the ranks of the sport.

Arad's breakthrough came in 1992 at the Barcelona Olympics. Despite facing formidable opponents, including the undefeated world champion, Ingrid Ayx of Germany, Arad demonstrated her unwavering resilience and emerged victorious in the semi-finals. In the final, Arad faced off against Catherine Fleury of France in a closely contested match that went to the judges' decision. While Arad narrowly missed out on gold, her silver medal victory was a monumental achievement, marking Israel's first-ever Olympic medal. Yael dedicated her medal to Israeli Olympic team members that was murdered during the terrorist attack at the 1972 Summer Games in Munich orchestrated by affiliates of the Palestinian militant group Black September. 

Arad's impact extends far beyond the judo mat. Her unwavering determination, unwavering spirit, and unwavering commitment to excellence have inspired countless individuals both within and beyond the world of sports. Following her retirement from competitive judo, Arad embarked on a successful career in business, entrepreneurship, and education. She currently serves as the Chairperson of the Israel Olympic Committee, continuing to champion the values of sport and empowering young athletes to pursue their dreams.

Yael Arad is a Chairperson of the Israel Olympic Committee and member of the International Olympic Committee's Athletes' Commission. She also serves as a Chairman of the Telma Foundation, which supports young athletes and promotes education and values.

Key Achievements:

  • Silver medalist at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics
  • Silver medalist at the 1993 World Championships
  • Gold medalist at the 1993 European Championships
  • Israeli national champion

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Yael Arad in the media

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