I Am An Olympian: Laetitia Beck
Laetitia Beck is the only women's professional golfer from Israel who'll be playing in the Rio Olympics.
Released on 8/4/2016
I will say that the Olympics for Israel
is something very important.
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We are not a big country.
We don't have a very big team.
But, we still, you know, we try to do our best.
We try to bring medals and we're, you know,
Israelis are very competitive.
We're very tough, so we do wanna do well.
And, we do have great athletes
and I think we really wanna show the world that.
So, I've been playing sports since a very young age.
I was very active, so I was doing so many different sports.
I remember when I was around 10,
playing, you know, with the kids, with the boys,
some small tournaments and going to class.
And there was a big commentator, sports commentator
from Israel that he was good friends with my parents
and I started playing with him very often
and he was the one really pushing.
So, when I was 12 years old, the head pro in Israel
recommended my mom to sign me up
for the Israeli Championship
because I never played a big event.
I'd play with the kids but those weren't some small events.
And, somehow I ended up winning out of nowhere,
this girl, tiny girl, 12 years old with the trophy.
So, that was strange and obviously exciting.
Growing up, we only had two clubs.
One had the 18-hole golf course.
That's where I live.
And the other one's a nine-hole.
You know, you're at a age where you should probably take
something seriously and maybe, you know, become
That's when we started looking around and seeing
if there was a better place for me to go
to get training.
I went actually to the States to IMG Academy.
I stayed at the high school for four years.
I eventually got a, you know, offer to go to Duke,
obviously a huge opportunity to get
a great education, free golf.
So, I went there for four years.
I would say that my greatest accomplishment in this game
so far would be being able to leave home
(mumbles) the age of 14, going to high school in the States
for golf, finishing with a college degree,
and right after getting my LPGA card.
That was pretty exciting and special, I think.
For me, the Olympics it's gonna be an opportunity,
obviously to represent Israel on the biggest stage.
I'm the first one from Israel on a playing tour
in the States, in Europe, anywhere.
We never really had anybody representing
or playing from Israel.
It has been interesting working on the Olympics
and just working on the logistics and uniform and bag.
So, I get a lot of support from my federation
and the Olympic Committee, but it's all new to all of us.
So, there's some things they don't know,
some things obviously I don't know anything
'cause it's new for me.
I'm very lucky to have a federation and Olympic Committee
that does allow me for freedom to do what I want
in my uniform and bag.
So, my goal was through the bag to represent
not only country, but also culture,
the Jewish culture.
On the side it says Israel in Hebrew and in English.
Some of the pattern, the Star of David pattern
and the Israeli flag and my name right there.
So, I'm blue and white and I'm overall satisfied with it.
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This is just a beginning for me
and once I do the next few things that I wanna accomplish
then can talk about how amazing that is.
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