French Olympic gold medalist Fabian Gilot is a legend.
On Wednesday, Fabian Gilot, a member of France’s 4×100-meter freestyle swimming team that won the gold medal on Sunday, raised his arm in celebration after the win, revealing a tattoo in Hebrew that read, “I am nothing without them.”
The tattoo is a tribute to his grandmother’s Jewish husband, Max Goldschmidt, a Holocaust survivor who has greatly influenced his life, Gilot explained. Gilot himself is not Jewish and therefore is not affected by the Biblical halakhic prohibition against tattooing, so he was free to choose this way to identify with Jewish suffering.
Despite the refusal of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to hold a moment of silence in commemoration of the Israeli athletes who were murdered at the 1972 Games in Munich, their memories and legacies continue to live on, guiding and inspiring today’s Jewish athletes.
On Sunday, approximately 30 members of the Italian Olympic team held their own moment of silence to remember the slain athletes outside the Israeli team’s quarters.
Taken from Arutz Sheva.
Well done to France on the gold. And Fabian Gilot is a king!