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Nadav Ben Yehuda
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Nadav Ben Yehuda

Title: Ice Climber and Social Activist
Location: Israel

Ben Yehuda, a skilled ice climber and social activist, was attempting to scale Mount Everest back in May 2012, when he found another climber, Aydin Irmak from Turkey, lying unconscious inside a crack in the ice. Though less than 350 meters from the peak of Everest, Ben Yehuda turned his back on the prize to rescue his fellow climber, forsaking the opportunity to become the youngest Israeli ever to conquer Everest, the world’s highest summit. Nadav got severely injured during the rescue, and still struggles towards recovery. For these actions he was awarded a Presidential Medal of Honor from Israel President Shimon Peres.