Israeli medalist auctioning autographed Olympic name patch
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Israeli medalist auctioning autographed Olympic name patch

Who said money can’t buy you Olympic glory?

Israeli judoka Yarden Gerbi, who won a bronze medal in the women’s 63-kg. judo competition at the Rio Olympics, is auctioning off her Olympic name patch for charity.

Gerbi has offered the name patch for sale on eBay, and agreed to autograph it with a dedication to the buyer.

03-3-L-gerbiShe will donate the auction proceeds to the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Gerbi said in her description on the auction website.

As of Wednesday morning, the highest bid was $13,100. The auction closes on Monday.

Gerbi earned Israel’s first Olympic medal since the 2008 games in Beijing. Another Israeli judoka, Ori Sasson, won a bronze medal in the men’s judo over-100 kg. competition.

“The medal is for all of Israel, for everyone who supported me and cheered me on,” Gerbi said after her victory. “I’m waiting for someone to wake me up. I gave my soul and it paid off. Whoever said you can’t succeed in Israel is wrong.”

JTA Wire Service

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