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How Steve made the final

Posted: 08-Aug-2012 by Maccabi NSW

 

What a week.

For sports lovers, there’s nothing quite the Olympics. And there’s nothing quite like rooting for a member of your community, seeing them excel in the biggest arena of them all.

There’s not much more that can be said about what Steve Solomon has done.

Extraordinary. Mind blowing. Inspirational. Take your pick.

It was hairs at the back of the neck stuff when he mowed down his rivals in both the first heat and then the semi-final, pushing himself to extremes he’d never travelled to before.

Is there any way to sum up his feat?

Perhaps there is, in a quote from Steve himself from December 2009, when he had just been accepted into the Australian Institute of Sport’s athletics program.

“I hope to represent my country,” he told me at the time in an interview. “Hopefully at the Rio Olympics.”

Talk about exceeding expectations.

Steve’s exploits have won him many Maccabi awards; now his magic is there for the entire planet to enjoy.

Mazel Tov Steve, with a standing ovation and a few Oi, Oi, Oi's thrown in as well.


STEVE'S JOURNEY

It’s been rapid, and it’s been impressive.

As a community, we’ve kept a keen eye on Steve’s exploits. Here we take a look back at how our 2009 Maccabiah youth soccer team captain graduated step by step into an Olympian.

December 2009: Steve's journey begins with an offer from the Australian Institute of Sport.

March 2011: Heads turn when Steve wins the 400 metres at the Melbourne Track Classic at Olympic Park.

April 2011: Steve backs the heroics up at the Australian 400m titles

June 2012: Steve secures Olympic berth

July 2012: Steve wins bronze at Junior World Champs

July 2012: Steve marches at the Opening Ceremony

August 2012: The Solomon family's London joy. Part I, part II, part III.

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