"There is nothing more exciting than standing on the podium and singing 'Hatikva,'" said Levy on her return to Israel. Assouline added, "Until the last moment, the gap between first and last place was close, so we knew if we didn't do well we wouldn't get a medal. Tension was at its highest and our pulse didn't go down until the last card."
Sixteen players represented Israel at the bridge Olympics, which was held for two weeks and ended Saturday night. Last month, the Israeli Kids team won the the Koc University Trophy World Championship at the 16th World Youth Bridge Teams Championships in Italy.
Gilad Ofir, chairman of the Israel Bridge Association, said Sunday night, "This is a remarkable achievement on a global scale. Levy and Assouline are the youngest bridge players to ever win a gold medal at the (World Bridge Games). We always knew they were great players, but this year they made an amazing run to the top of the world. This year the Israeli national anthem played four times at international competitions."