Israeli skates to ‘Hava Nagila’ and reaches Olympic figure skating finals

Two Israelis have placed in the final round of male figure skating in the Winter Olympics. Alexei Bychenko, who skated his routine to “Hava Nagila,” and Daniel Samohin placed in the top 30 and are to compete in the final round on Saturday.
Alexei Bychenko skates to 'Hava Nagila' Photo Credit: Screenshot from Youtube

On Friday, Israelis Alexei Bychenko and Daniel Samohin came in 13th and 18th place, out of 30, in the Winter Olympics held in Pyeongchang. Bychenko performed his routine to “Hava Nagila.”

Watch: Alexei Bychenko skate to "Hava Nagila"

Bychenko received 84.13 points for his performance and Samohin received 80.69. In first place is defending champion Yuzuru Hanyu from Japan, who received 111.68 points, breaking a record.

While neither Israeli is expected to win one of the three medals in this sport, they are to compete on Saturday in the final round. Israel has yet to win a medal in the Winter Olympics, but has gained more athletes in recent years, partly due to an increase of Russian immigrants. Israel’s 10 athletes competing in Pyeongchang this year is a record high for Israel in the Winter Olympics.

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