Beach volleyballer Sam Schachter qualified for the 2024 Olympics at the last moment. Here’s how he’s prepping for Paris

Sam Schachter, left, is heading from his home in Richmond Hill, Ont., to the 2024 Paris Olympics to represent Canada in beach volleyball. (Photo courtesy of NORCECA)

It was the summer of 2016 when Sam Schachter and Josh Binstock—both Jewish beach volleyball players competing for Canada—just barely qualified for the Olympics, less than a month before the games were to start in Rio de Janeiro.

Eight years later, history is repeating itself.

Schachter (sans Binstock, instead with new partner Daniel Dearing) just recently qualified for the 2024 Paris Olympics, scheduled start on July 26. Once again, he’s racing to get ready to compete on the world stage with less than a month to prepare—and this time, it’s a stage that’s been built directly in front of the Eiffel Tower.

Schacter joins Menschwarmers to share what his journey’s been like, how he handles life as a Jewish athlete in global competition, and how he’s prepping for Paris.

Before that, hosts Gabe and James recap the biggest news in Jewish sports, including Israeli NBA player Deni Avdija’s sudden trade to the Portland Trail Blazers and burgeoning NHL star Zach Hyman’s remarkable run through the Stanley Cup Finals.


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