"Internet nexus of cultural Judaism" — Examiner.com
So, until Michael Phelps showed up, the man with the most medals at one Olympics and the woman with the most medals at one Olympics were both Jewish...
"prevented her from being considered." Prevented her from being considered for what, exactly?
The extra honors of being the first Soviet medalist. Explained above.
I have no doubt at all that Ponomaryova was picked at the highest level because Gorokhovskaya was Jewish.Gorokhovskaya went to great pains to conceal her ethnicity, changing her patronymic from the "incriminating" Isidorovna to the clearly Russian Kondratievna. But of course the Soviet officials knew.