Vail bridge players head to Berlin
July 27, 2015
BERLIN, GERMANY — Bill Multack, Sherry Fardie and Jerry Lesnick are Vail residents who frequently play at the Vail Valley Bridge Club, directed by Marcia and Tom McCalden. However, this week, the players will be playing in Berlin, Germany, where they will represent the United States in the Masters Bridge Competition in the 2015 Maccabi Games.
The Maccabi Games is a major world athletic event. Originally created in 1932 in Tel Aviv (not yet Israel) as a showcase for Jewish athletes, the competition is held in Israel every four years, and elsewhere in between. This year, 38 countries will be represented, with more than 2,000 Jewish athletes, including almost 200 from the United States. The bridge team is limited to six players. Multack, Fardie and Lesnick came together a year ago at the Vail Bridge Club when the invitation came to each of them to join the USA team at this year's Maccabi game.
On Tuesday, they will be marching into the stadium that Hitler built for the 1936 Olympics — an event in which Jews were not allowed to participate. The opening ceremony will be streamed live, and may be watched on Time-Warner channel 469 or Direct TV channel 366. The ceremony is at 8:30 p.m. in Berlin, which is 12:30 p.m. MST.