Every four years, Jewish athletes get to show off what they have been working and training for: The Maccabi Games, known as the Jewish Olympics to many. The Maccabi Games were created to help build Jewish pride world wide and bring more awareness to their Israeli and Jewish culture. Athletes are chosen from all around the world to represent their countries and strengthen bonds with other parts of the world.
To Logan High’s Tori Geller, a junior, the Maccabi Games are a chance to represent the United States at an international swim meet.
Geller humbly explained that she doesn’t think qualifying for the games was that hard. “All I had to do was be Jewish and breathe.”
Geller is the fastest girl on the Logan High swim team, has made it to state in individual events since freshman year and swam across Bear Lake when she was just 15 years old. It's obvious she's been doing a lot more than just breathing to get to the games.
When explaining what she is looking forward to most, “the free clothes” was the first thing that came to her mind.
Don’t be fooled by her nonchalant attitude, though, Geller is planning on swimming in Tel Aviv, Israel, next year as she attends their university. To stay updated with this young athlete, follow her Twitter @torigeller or tune in to the Maccabi Games December 26-January 6.