Iyad Shalabi, Olympic Gold medalist in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, is welcomed by family and friends at his hometown in Shfaram, northern Israel, Sept. 5, 2021. (Alon Nadav/Flash90) Alon Nadav/Flash90
Iyad Shalabi

Iyad Shalabi was the first Arab-Israeli to raise the flag of the Jewish state and win a gold medal at the Paralympic Games.

There are Israelis who are impressive, and then there are Israelis who blow you away.

Arab-Israeli Iyad Shalabi is deaf and paralyzed, yet he managed to overcome the obstacles and win a gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Learn more about his incredible story and how his Jewish coach reacted to his amazing victory.

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