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Title: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on October 07, 2020, 01:14:00 PM
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Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: MMndl613 on October 07, 2020, 03:58:25 PM
You are entirely self-funding this team?!  Have you tried the Jewish sports team owners?

And donations/sponsorships are tax deductible?  Why raffle your ring? Honestly I would think it's the one thing I wouldn't sell. :o

How many Starwood points would @Dan have to bid to win the ring outright?
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on October 08, 2020, 07:32:45 AM

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You are entirely self-funding this team?!  Have you tried the Jewish sports team owners?
Yes. Israel doesn't fund bobsled, they just don't have the budget for it. And yes as well to the team owners.

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And donations/sponsorships are tax deductible?
 
They are! We're a 501c3.

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Why raffle your ring? Honestly I would think it's the one thing I wouldn't sell. :o
If it can help raise enough interest to get this team get a bit more funding and closer to the goal, why worry about a piece of metal?

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How many Starwood points would @Dan have to bid to win the ring outright?
Haha. I'd think after the World Series @Dan has had enough sports experience to account for a couple of lifetimes that was pretty epic, but I'd be open to the ring landing in Cleveland  ;D
Title: Captain's Log Oct 21/22
Post by: hgeek23 on October 22, 2020, 09:02:08 PM
Captain’s Log--Oct. 21-22, 2022--On UA 1013 somewhere en route to LGA

AJ—BobTeam Edelman Pilot

New uniforms and more:
(https://i.ibb.co/k021WmD/2020-10-19-16-06-16.jpg) (https://ibb.co/k021WmD) (https://i.ibb.co/gDXnvS2/2020-10-19-16-06-22.jpg) (https://ibb.co/gDXnvS2) (https://i.ibb.co/q7F62v5/2020-10-19-16-06-28.jpg) (https://ibb.co/q7F62v5)

Today was a typical “that’s crazy” day for the team.
As some know, the bobsled team has started out on a rather difficult footing.  Back in May we secured a commitment from an intended benefactor to cover the entirety of a 6-year long medal-development cycle for Israel bobsled.  However, we were informed a month and a half ago that none of the commitment can be honored.  To save the team I am covering them with savings and borrowing, but it has also meant that logistically decisions have to be made far more “on the fly” as we need to chase ice-time in a bit of a piecemeal fashion.
 
Nonetheless, as Israelis it’s in our nature to keep pushing forward.  The number one thing that will increase the Olympic qualification chances is actual time on ice.  The only track in North America that stands to be in a position to open is Whistler, BC (Canada) on November 9th, which we planned to take advantage of with back-to-back training camps.  The on-the-fly logistics and daily changes in plans are one of the things that make competing in Olympic sport for Israel both unique, sometimes lonely, and difficult (explained below.)
The primary source of effort the past 2 months (apart from figuring out how to save the team to begin with) has been visa and border-related, as one might expect during Covid-19.  Our 3 superb Israeli push-athletes have never been to the US before and obtaining a visa in a reasonable timeframe has been difficult, with a 3-month backlog on visa interviews.  Thankfully eventually we were able to expedite the interviews and they should receive their visas shortly.

The issue of travel, however, is still complicated to other countries.  There is currently a border restriction between the US and Canada (since March,) but there are exceptions granted including for commerce and services critical that can be performed only in Canada (i.e. non-discretionary.)  The issue of whether we are discretionary/non-discretionary would disallow/allow us to enter Canada, and by extension begin the very critical training we need.
After weeks of back and forth with Canada’s Border Information Service that indicated we shouldn’t have a problem getting an exemption crossing the border (as the coach we'd have at the camp is Canadian and this is our only job with a necessity that it’s performed in Canada,) Chance King Doyle (one of the breakmen) and I flew into Glacier Park International Airport and drove north to the Coutts Border Crossing.  From there we planned to quarantine in Calgary for 2 weeks, meet up with the coach, and drive to Whistler for our training in November. 

The drive is usually a 3 hour scenic route through mountains and the Blackfoot Nation, but was slowed to about 6 hours as there were blizzard conditions.
Unfortunately, we were turned away at the border, as the agents did not wish to “open the floodgates” for athletes entering during restrictions.  Completely understandable yet disappointing.
 
It’s one of the kinds of episodes that makes the journey of representing Israel in Olympic sport somewhat unique and at points exhausting and lonely.  From coordinating visas to attempting to cross the border and present a case for exemption, it’s on Israeli athletes in the sliding sport to manage the process themselves. Logistics are very difficult in sliding sport, and plans almost often change day to day. As a sample timeline:
 
Last Wednesday:
--Decision made to attend the camps in Whistler beginning Nov 9. 
--Expedite the visa interview process with the athletes in Israel.
 
Thursday-Monday: Call Canada Border Services Agencies and Public Health Services to go over our case
 
Monday:
--decide to head to Canada on Wednesday—head to Boston from NYC to collect things.
--Lay out a 2-week quarantine plan including grocery delivery—the quarantine is absolute, you are not allowed to leave your room nor have interaction with others.
--Visa interview takes place in Israel—visa will be granted, make plans for arrival in November/December of the athletes.
--Sponsorship pitch calls
Tuesday:
--Pack
--Covid and antigen tests for the athletes.
--Book flights and rental cars for Kalispell, MT next day
Wednesday:
--Fly into FCA, meet Chance, drive to the border
--turned away provisionally pending letter from Public Health Authority granting us exemption
--10p, find lodging near the border
Thursday:
--Head to the border at 7a, formally turned away at 10a
--race back to FCA airport, book flights on the way to MSY (Chance lives in Louisiana,) and LGA (a last ditch effort to head to the Canadian consulate and plead my case for a national exemption letter.)  Without this exemption letter, we will wait for Lake Placid to hopefully open up at some point, though there is no clear date as of yet.
--2.30—fly out
--on flight—continue sponsorship pitches
 
We will remain strong and continue to do everything in our power to see through that Israel has a successful Olympic run.  Until the next log!
AJ and BobTeam Edelman
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: MMndl613 on October 23, 2020, 04:56:49 PM
Would have loved to see you up in Canada.
Those are some killer looking unis! Would you sell them like NBA jerseys etc?  Would love to get one.
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: bestwatchman on October 24, 2020, 11:18:49 PM
@hgeek23 I believe it's easier to get into Canada by air. The land borders are stricter
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on October 25, 2020, 03:29:36 PM
@hgeek23 I believe it's easier to get into Canada by air. The land borders are stricter

Thanks for the suggestion @bestwatchman I really appreciate it.  Unfortunately as we were rejected, trying to get into Canada again under the same circumstances would result in us getting into some trouble, so we are instead headed to Korea tomorrow!
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on October 25, 2020, 03:32:14 PM
Would have loved to see you up in Canada.
Those are some killer looking unis! Would you sell them like NBA jerseys etc?  Would love to get one.

Yes we can get you one but they're made out of very specialized mesh/lycra material so they're expensive to produce (about $200 a piece.) for a tax-deductible donation above a certain level we can definitely send one over, feel free to PM.
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: bestwatchman on October 25, 2020, 05:27:43 PM
Thanks for the suggestion @bestwatchman I really appreciate it.  Unfortunately as we were rejected, trying to get into Canada again under the same circumstances would result in us getting into some trouble, so we are instead headed to Korea tomorrow!
wow! Safe and productive trip!!
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on November 05, 2020, 01:13:16 PM
Have a great shabbos, from a very draining government quarantine (we're assigned to different locations around Seoul, run by the army) here in Seoul.  Please don't hesitate to send me or the team any messages, we get a lot of chizzuk/strength from knowing people care about what we're trying to do.  Can DM here or send an email to adam.edelman@olympian.org

Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on November 08, 2020, 07:56:05 AM
Thought it would be cool to show what parts of shabbos are like on the road.
Started a recording before shabbos to get kabbalat shabbat-->Kiddush and kiddush is below.

Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on November 15, 2020, 10:19:46 AM
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on November 17, 2020, 01:03:30 PM




Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on November 18, 2020, 11:58:32 AM
It's turning into a wild ride
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: lcm on November 18, 2020, 10:28:29 PM
It's turning into a wild ride

Love the positive attitude!
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on November 19, 2020, 05:55:23 AM
Love the positive attitude!

Only way to move forward! Plus with people following the journey we have very high spirits. Thanks so much for commenting was wondering if I was talking into the evening wind 😂
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: Mordyk on November 19, 2020, 07:58:52 AM
Only way to move forward! Plus with people following the journey we have very high spirits. Thanks so much for commenting was wondering if I was talking into the evening wind 😂
This thread was read over 1000 times.  Your not talking to the wind. I love your updates and everyone here is rooting for you! :)
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on November 19, 2020, 08:56:38 AM
This thread was read over 1000 times.  Your not talking to the wind. I love your updates and everyone here is rooting for you! :)
I really appreciate that!

Some people ask about food and keeping things kosher. Let me introduce my staple meal--I call it "slop."  It's the cheapest way to get a mix of protein/carbs/fats. I need to keep up my nutrients and protein but need to keep food costs as low as possible. This concoction helps with that :)

Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: JMHO on November 19, 2020, 10:12:37 AM
Only way to move forward! Plus with people following the journey we have very high spirits. Thanks so much for commenting was wondering if I was talking into the evening wind 😂
Please keep the posts coming, we love them!
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: theblakdavid on November 19, 2020, 10:46:18 AM
Please keep the posts coming, we love them!
I second (fourth) that-
Pls do!
Love them !
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: beeweegee on November 19, 2020, 11:23:17 AM
Yup, definitely following the journey and appreciating the updates. Keep em coming!
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on November 19, 2020, 12:38:17 PM
Yup, definitely following the journey and appreciating the updates. Keep em coming!
With all the support def going to crush it. Thanks everyone. Have a great shabbos, good early morning from Korea
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on November 22, 2020, 05:29:41 AM


Brief update November 22, 2020 ahead of a *big* update later this week.
Have to plug this: I continue to search for sponsors as the season is only 7% funded as of now, and I'm a couple weeks from officially touching the debt I've taken on. If you know anyone who'd find value in helping the team please reach out.
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on November 23, 2020, 10:20:46 AM


Just some track footage
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on November 23, 2020, 08:56:06 PM
Lulu the team mascot before our session today.
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50639080018_1eafcc7b7d_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2k9Nwfw)20201123_150206 (https://flic.kr/p/2k9Nwfw) by AJ Edelman (https://www.flickr.com/photos/190784872@N04/), on Flickr
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on November 25, 2020, 12:18:04 AM


Training footage from yesterday.
Thank you so much to those who've reached out with words of support, and a couple of people for donating training runs! That's amazing and an incredible help to the team. My sincerest appreciation.

No sliding today (Wednesday,) back in the saddle tomorrow.  Interesting to think--I've been on the road so often that I've only been able to celebrate thanksgiving once in 6 years, that being last year.  I didn't even recall that it was going to be Thanksgiving.

Wishing everyone a very happy and healthy holiday.
From PyeongChang,
AJ
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on November 26, 2020, 10:24:28 PM
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on November 28, 2020, 05:28:00 PM
An important evening in the journey.

Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: lcm on November 28, 2020, 06:52:04 PM
An important evening in the journey.



Wow, awesome!!!
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on November 28, 2020, 11:06:20 PM
Wow, awesome!!!

Thanks Icm!
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on November 30, 2020, 04:01:11 PM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50665437441_53ddfebb2d_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2kc8BoR)PSX_20201130_174034 (https://flic.kr/p/2kc8BoR) by AJ Edelman (https://www.flickr.com/photos/190784872@N04/), on Flickr



Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: lcm on November 30, 2020, 08:06:00 PM
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50665437441_53ddfebb2d_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2kc8BoR)PSX_20201130_174034 (https://flic.kr/p/2kc8BoR) by AJ Edelman (https://www.flickr.com/photos/190784872@N04/), on Flickr



Looks beautiful!
Keep up the spirit!!!
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on December 01, 2020, 02:39:48 AM
Looks beautiful!
Keep up the spirit!!!

Trying!
Mason's back gave out today, and onto another breakman. It's been a real logistical and mental journey to say the least.
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: lcm on December 01, 2020, 03:20:14 AM
Trying!
Mason's back gave out today, and onto another breakman. It's been a real logistical and mental journey to say the least.
Oh my!
Hope things work out smoothly.
Good luck!
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on December 01, 2020, 05:30:27 AM
Coming through. Fun day in the saddle


(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50667838682_4856dccdbc_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2kckVcy)IMG_20201201_192530_428 (https://flic.kr/p/2kckVcy) by AJ Edelman (https://www.flickr.com/photos/190784872@N04/), on Flickr
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 01, 2020, 07:33:15 AM
Do they leave all Olympic stadiums active so people can train? Or only the last one?
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on December 01, 2020, 04:27:13 PM
Do they leave all Olympic stadiums active so people can train? Or only the last one?
I believe that there is an agreement that facilities have to remain open for at least 10 years. That was not called in the 2006 games but I believe that is the results of Italys government going bankrupt. Bob tracks are huge money losers though. The maintenance and upkeep and operational costs exceed a half a million dollars a year minimum
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: Ergel on December 01, 2020, 04:27:55 PM
I believe that there is an agreement that facilities have to remain open for at least 10 years. That was not called in the 2006 games but I believe that is the results of Italys government going bankrupt. Bob tracks are huge money losers though. The maintenance and upkeep and operational costs exceed a half a million dollars a year minimum
How much does it cost to train on them?
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on December 01, 2020, 09:14:30 PM
How much does it cost to train on them?

70$ a run. Very expensive.

First crash. Not a good day



Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: yesitsme on December 01, 2020, 09:15:41 PM
How is your index finger doing?
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on December 01, 2020, 10:24:30 PM
How is your index finger doing?

Almost a full recovery. Still needs a couple weeks to grow back the skin but it'll be great b"h. Thanks so much for asking


A most Olympic x-ray, and I don't have a broken bone which was my biggest fear. I'm wary of muscle or ligament damage and will monitor.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50670616251_25c5e3456c_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2kcA9SF)20201202_115655 (https://flic.kr/p/2kcA9SF) by AJ Edelman (https://www.flickr.com/photos/190784872@N04/), on Flickr
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on December 01, 2020, 11:12:19 PM
Video of the crash. Will break it down further later
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: g_t on December 01, 2020, 11:33:49 PM
Refuah Shleimah!
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: yesitsme on December 01, 2020, 11:40:55 PM
70$ a run. Very expensive.

First crash. Not a good day




Wow
מוח שליט על הלב
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on December 02, 2020, 03:28:49 AM
Refuah Shleimah!
Wow
מוח שליט על הלב

Thank you!
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on December 02, 2020, 08:10:32 AM
Video of the crash. Will break it down further later


Crashes are very common in bob, I heard that one of the teams training in Germany right now has just crashed 5x straight, so it's nothing to lose sleep over. Eager to get back to it. Thought I'd explain it a bit so people understand why a crash occurs.

The crash is an easy one to diagnose. I hit before the entry of the corner which sent me into it and angled up high. The corner has two distinct oscillations. Which now had exaggerated peaks and shortened widths. I compounded the issue by driving the sled very low on the downward portion.

At the end of the two oscillations there was still more corner because I had shortened the horizontal distance traveled so much. Centrifugal force pulled me back up as the corner ended and there was nothing for the sled to do but flip over.

Crashes are common in Bobsled and no reason to harp on this one, only noteworthy because of the realization that my sliding senses had dulled a bit. I made a mistake, a very common one in bob, but one I felt that the me from 19 months ago would never have made, and it came at a very high risk.  We'll be back though, that's what Israel does, and this will happen again. Perhaps a dozen or dozens of times.




Back to training on Friday, can't wait!
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: lcm on December 02, 2020, 10:02:25 AM
70$ a run. Very expensive.

First crash. Not a good day




Ouch!
Your outlook is awesome!
So true, you won't succeed if you aren't willing to fail. And bouncing right back like you do is inspiring!
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on December 02, 2020, 10:44:53 AM
Ouch!
Your outlook is awesome!
So true, you won't succeed if you aren't willing to fail. And bouncing right back like you do is inspiring!

We all have our things we can take, I'm very blessed hashem gave me this as an outlet and for keeping me safe on this one given it was a really bad hit. I view sport as very similar to most other endeavours that everyone experiences. Crashing the Bob is a setback but so is failing a test, etc. B"h I have the country and people to help push things forward. Right now the left shoulder is pretty useless and hard to deal with but that reminds me that I'm lucky to have a shoulder that functions at all.

Honestly, I'm so impressed with the breakman in the back, YongJin. It was his first day as we wait for the Israeli boys to get their visas and then quarantine and he took it like a champ. When driving someone in the back and you crash all you can think about is whether they're alright. My head was taking a beating as we crashed our way down to the bottom (there's no way to retract your head into the sled, it just gets brutally beaten as you slide on it,) but that meant his potentially was in a worse position, but thankfully he says he's okay. I don't know how he can get back in so nonchalantly on Friday. He deserves the most credit of anyone.
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on December 06, 2020, 06:24:58 PM
In need of help:

Every year a member of the team lights Chanukah candles in Koenigsee at the Bobsled track next to Hitler's home. This year it is impossible for us. I'm looking to organize someone to go light there on our behalf. Does anyone know someone in Bavaria or Salzburg who might volunteer to help with this?
@Dan any friends there?
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: lcm on December 06, 2020, 08:15:51 PM
In need of help:

Every year a member of the team lights Chanukah candles in Koenigsee at the Bobsled track next to Hitler's home. This year it is impossible for us. I'm looking to organize someone to go light there on our behalf. Does anyone know someone in Bavaria or Salzburg who might volunteer to help with this?
@Dan any friends there?
Reached out to Chabad in Salzburg?
https://www.chabad.org/centers/default_cdo/aid/117783/jewish/Chabad-Lubavitch-House-Salzburg.htm
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on December 06, 2020, 08:27:23 PM
Reached out to Chabad in Salzburg?
https://www.chabad.org/centers/default_cdo/aid/117783/jewish/Chabad-Lubavitch-House-Salzburg.htm
I'm ashamed I didn't even know there was a chabad in Salzburg! Would have made shabbos so much easier when I trained in Koenigsee
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: lcm on December 06, 2020, 08:40:21 PM
I'm ashamed I didn't even know there was a chabad in Salzburg! Would have made shabbos so much easier when I trained in Koenigsee
Well, know that there is a chabad in Seoul
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on December 06, 2020, 09:17:18 PM
Well, know that there is a chabad in Seoul

Indeed ☺️
That I do know but can't really travel for fear of the 'rona shutting down the track if anyone suspects exposure.
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on December 08, 2020, 11:11:13 AM
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on December 10, 2020, 07:37:00 AM
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: Kobe Bryant on December 10, 2020, 08:29:03 AM
@hgeek23 keep it going, the DDFF is rooting for you. Love your updates.
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on December 10, 2020, 05:20:04 PM
@hgeek23 keep it going, the DDFF is rooting for you. Love your updates.

Much appreciated. I'm only truly sad the koenigsee lighting tradition will be broken this year. It is something I'm so proud of.
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on December 15, 2020, 07:30:55 PM
Zoom with maccabi USA in half an hour
https://fb.me/e/1l0hBPgZD (https://fb.me/e/1l0hBPgZD)

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vce-vrzgtEtF8w9wUoQ1M3mKWj8Of_FjG (https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vce-vrzgtEtF8w9wUoQ1M3mKWj8Of_FjG)
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: yuneeq on December 15, 2020, 10:41:12 PM
@hgeek23 keep it going, the DDFF is rooting for you. Love your updates.

+1
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: lcm on December 15, 2020, 11:14:59 PM
Zoom with maccabi USA in half an hour
https://fb.me/e/1l0hBPgZD (https://fb.me/e/1l0hBPgZD)

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vce-vrzgtEtF8w9wUoQ1M3mKWj8Of_FjG (https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vce-vrzgtEtF8w9wUoQ1M3mKWj8Of_FjG)
Sad I missed it.
How did it go?
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on December 15, 2020, 11:28:26 PM
Sad I missed it.
How did it go?

Decently! I think on fb there is a replay. Also look for a piece on the team in a coming soon in a major publication  ;D
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: lcm on December 16, 2020, 12:28:00 AM
Decently! I think on fb there is a replay. Also look for a piece on the team in a coming soon in a major publication  ;D
Just went over to fb.
Can't say I watched all of it, but skimmed through a lot of it.
Wow, wow, wow! Just unbelievable on so many levels.
Your attitude and perseverance really has such a rich history, of such strong character!
Fascinating and very impressed with your passion in mental health.
Love the ddf thought process at about 45 min in about the mileage runs.
Keep on pumping!
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on December 20, 2020, 09:37:52 AM
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: lcm on December 20, 2020, 10:35:15 AM

Good to hear you finally have some more company!
Love the attitude of persevering despite the challenges. Keep it up!
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on December 20, 2020, 11:25:43 AM
Good to hear you finally have some more company!
Love the attitude of persevering despite the challenges. Keep it up!
Thanks so much!
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on December 21, 2020, 06:12:59 AM
Back to the top today





Followed by a half push session


Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: mlomni on January 12, 2021, 08:04:47 PM
How is it going?  we have not seen an update in a few weeks.
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: lcm on January 12, 2021, 09:47:17 PM
How is it going?  we have not seen an update in a few weeks.
+1
I've been thinking the same.
Hope all is ok!
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on February 01, 2021, 12:58:44 AM
+1
I've been thinking the same.
Hope all is ok!

I'm very sorry that the last few weeks haven't had an update. Things have been harder than I thought they'd get to.

We had a couple of articles come out about the team. One in the New York Times that focused on the brain injury aspects of things and one in algemeiner which was quite nice.  The team has grown by leaps and bounds and gets faster every day. We are making huge progress and it's in many ways beyond what I thought I could see. I'm very proud of that.

Things get difficult on the road, but here things have just been mentally very tough. Our (my) bank account hit absolute zero and the season's only half over, which is obviously a source of stress but the biggest source has been managing the team. Depression has been something I have dealt with for 19 years--it's a life's mission of mine to talk to kids about how it motivates me, but it can make things really tough and in this circumstance it has. Nonetheless it hasn't actually impeded development, probably the opposite. But it burns the internal candle quite fast, and thankfully Israel and the mission is the oil that replenishes.

The Olympics require an immense, 24/7/365 dedication to a goal that is generally unobtainable. Being a very average athlete, below average I might say by Olympic standards, the only way to ever get Israel to the Games has been to work harder than anyone else. No matter what my athletic shortcomings, knowing that I outworked even the world champions gave immense pleasure and confidence. But that takes a toll, and the toll becomes very difficult to keep on top of if not everyone is pulling their weight. At the moment that is the largest issue, and one which ultimately means the team makeup might not be the same in the Olympic season.  That's all I can really say at the moment, but it's been crushing.

The self doubt has set in as it usually does on an Olympic run. "I'm not where I could be, I could be better," are constant thoughts. Bobsled is hard. Grueling. Physically it's exhausting. But I firmly believe Israel will benefit and that this will happen. I know it strongly in my heart. I just need to work harder and get better. At the end of the day the only thing that matters is the result. There's no "almost made the" Olympic Games event.

Usually I'm far more cheerful, but that's where things have been and why I've been quite quiet recently. I honestly don't know how the team will financially make it through at the moment and that's a really tough one.

Thank you for caring and being supportive. It means the world.
AJ

P. S. Since the first crash, in the 75 or so runs since, not a single crash
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: Mordyk on February 01, 2021, 01:14:10 AM
I'm very sorry that the last few weeks haven't had an update. Things have been harder than I thought they'd get to.


Thank you for caring and being supportive. It means the world.
AJ
Wow.  Raw honesty.  I really hope you make it and I hope more people here will try to help out financially. I donated some time ago and I will definitely try to contribute again.



@all of DDF.  if I remember correctly a run is like to $70.  Can we raise in the next 24 hours at least $500 to cover a few runs?

@hgeek23 you are extremely inspiring!
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: lcm on February 01, 2021, 01:35:13 AM


I'm very sorry that the last few weeks haven't had an update. Things have been harder than I thought they'd get to.

We had a couple of articles come out about the team. One in the New York Times that focused on the brain injury aspects of things and one in algemeiner which was quite nice.  The team has grown by leaps and bounds and gets faster every day. We are making huge progress and it's in many ways beyond what I thought I could see. I'm very proud of that.

Things get difficult on the road, but here things have just been mentally very tough. Our (my) bank account hit absolute zero and the season's only half over, which is obviously a source of stress but the biggest source has been managing the team. Depression has been something I have dealt with for 19 years--it's a life's mission of mine to talk to kids about how it motivates me, but it can make things really tough and in this circumstance it has. Nonetheless it hasn't actually impeded development, probably the opposite. But it burns the internal candle quite fast, and thankfully Israel and the mission is the oil that replenishes.

The Olympics require an immense, 24/7/365 dedication to a goal that is generally unobtainable. Being a very average athlete, below average I might say by Olympic standards, the only way to ever get Israel to the Games has been to work harder than anyone else. No matter what my athletic shortcomings, knowing that I outworked even the world champions gave immense pleasure and confidence. But that takes a toll, and the toll becomes very difficult to keep on top of if not everyone is pulling their weight. At the moment that is the largest issue, and one which ultimately means the team makeup might not be the same in the Olympic season.  That's all I can really say at the moment, but it's been crushing.

The self doubt has set in as it usually does on an Olympic run. "I'm not where I could be, I could be better," are constant thoughts. Bobsled is hard. Grueling. Physically it's exhausting. But I firmly believe Israel will benefit and that this will happen. I know it strongly in my heart. I just need to work harder and get better. At the end of the day the only thing that matters is the result. There's no "almost made the" Olympic Games event.

Usually I'm far more cheerful, but that's where things have been and why I've been quite quiet recently. I honestly don't know how the team will financially make it through at the moment and that's a really tough one.

Thank you for caring and being supportive. It means the world.
AJ

P. S. Since the first crash, in the 75 or so runs since, not a single crash

Wow, wow, wow. My words won't be able to fully express my thoughts and feelings.

Firstly, no need to apologize, you have every right not to post, but it's so good to hear from you, and to read  all the really amazing updates.

I am so happy that you have gotten good publicity, I really that helps with the funding also.

I'll say it again, your attitude, strength of character and fortitude - awe and never fail to amaze me. How you just face things head on and just plow forward undeterred are really something wow. I am literally awed.

KEEP ON PUMPING!
Pull through to the victory not only in the olympics, but in the leadup as well. You are something else and inspiring me.
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on February 01, 2021, 08:33:11 AM
Just had captured a few thoughts

Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: lcm on February 01, 2021, 11:24:27 PM
Just had captured a few thoughts


OMG.
It's one thing when things aren't so hard, just a bit challenging and not going smoothly when you persevere and keep the we will do it attitude.
But when you so honestly and in such a raw way spell out the real really hard challenges, and STILL keep up that we will do it attitude, OMG, WOW! Speechless!
Keep on inspiring us and bring home the victory!
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on February 02, 2021, 11:05:03 AM
OMG.
It's one thing when things aren't so hard, just a bit challenging and not going smoothly when you persevere and keep the we will do it attitude.
But when you so honestly and in such a raw way spell out the real really hard challenges, and STILL keep up that we will do it attitude, OMG, WOW! Speechless!
Keep on inspiring us and bring home the victory!

Israel must make it. Israel will make it.
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: Luvisrael on February 15, 2021, 11:29:16 PM
So I’ve been looking for a video on what the actual experience is.
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on February 18, 2021, 01:17:58 PM
So I’ve been looking for a video on what the actual experience is.


Whistler!

Some footage from today:

Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: lcm on February 18, 2021, 07:35:56 PM
Whistler!

Some footage from today:

Great to see an update! And that's fast!
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on February 25, 2021, 02:12:46 PM
Think you'll enjoy this.

Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: lcm on February 26, 2021, 12:10:59 AM


Think you'll enjoy this.



OMG, that looks crazy!
Keep it up and a freilichen Purim!
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: YitzyS on February 26, 2021, 12:55:59 AM

OMG, that looks crazy!
Keep it up and a freilichen Purim!
+100

Would love to try! Do you pick up hitchhikers?  ;)
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on February 27, 2021, 07:07:43 PM
+100

Would love to try! Do you pick up hitchhikers?  ;)

Haha yep! But I'm in Korea at the moment and need someone for March 12-30. American hitchhikers are out of luck for now :p
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: Ergel on March 02, 2021, 05:15:10 PM
Awesome! We need some running commentary. Looks like a great run, biggest struggle coming out of turn 9 - can you explain what happened?
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on March 11, 2021, 11:02:21 AM
Awesome! We need some running commentary. Looks like a great run, biggest struggle coming out of turn 9 - can you explain what happened?

Absolutely! I'll provide a full commentary after the race tomorrow. Sorry for the delay.
AJ
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: YitzyS on March 11, 2021, 11:10:42 AM
Absolutely! I'll provide a full commentary after the race tomorrow. Sorry for the delay.
AJ
Looking forward! I hope there's no weight limit, because we will all be with you (in our hearts) for the ride...  ;D
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on March 15, 2021, 09:28:16 AM
Looking forward! I hope there's no weight limit, because we will all be with you (in our hearts) for the ride...  ;D

Weight limit is 390kg with everyone and the sled for a 2-man bobsleigh :)

Now, as for the corners, from my perspective--
0--the push start: self explanatory--push the sled fast! Get in and settled so you are able to push the lever inside the sled that controls the push bar in time.  Grab the steering rings inside before the end of the "grooves" in the ice end and you are headed into corner 1.

1--left handed curve, 1 pressure--dont want to go in too much to the left here, if you do you'll end up going around the corner too much and you will go too much on the right in 2 which can cause problems.  get into the curve from the middle or right, get out with enough time to push the sled into the second corner on the middle or left side.

2--danger corner! if you do nothing the sled will go on a straight line around the curve as the roof dives down.  you'll intersect with the roof and bam--all sorts of problems.  manipulate the sled to remain parallel with the roof. this is very difficult, get out into curve 3 without smashing the left wall.

3--left to right, one pressure curve.  "generate pressure" to bring you back to the left side entering 4.

4--left to right (same direction as 3, more difficult then to enter correctly,) steer the sled to parallel, looking for the exit as it dives and exit 4 with a cross gradually into 5, without entering 5 pointed up into the curve.

5--right to left, long 2 pressure curve--DANGER curve--can easily flip.  get in, point the sled to parallel and when it comes around the curve dont let it get height at the end or rise up too much.  also don't steer into a dip or you will crash.

6--one pressure left to right--steer this perfectly enough to get a cross into 7 on the right side.

7--left to right, mid-level danger corner, one and a half pressures--manipulate the bounce at the 2/3 points.  if the bounce is too late you can flip on the end--too high you will run onto the wood (we come very close in the POV.)  extremely important to cross from right to left and enter 8 on the left enough.

8. Left to right, 2 pressures--DANGER CORNER--get in on the left side, manipulate the sled to parallel and dont let it take too much height or you can drop down and rise back up on the end, flipping.  get out of the corner and cross into the next corner on the right side.

9. Right to left, no way to properly explain this one, it sucks and it's hard and no one gets it perfect.  Steer in it the way you need to and pray.  don't let it come down too early.  Get out you're going to hit 95% of the time or more.

10/11 are in the "chicane" or what is a non-straight straight.  10 is on the right, hit that one, 11 is on the left most of the way down, hit that too but make sure to hit it while parallel to the wall.  head into 12 however you enter--you can't steer appropriately in a straight.

12--right to left, long 2 pressure, DANGER corner--sled will jump in, make sure it doesn't go anywhere drastic, let it run it's course midway through the curve, on the end is the difficulty, you want to get into the next corner with a nice cross, but without hitting the wall before 13.  manipulate the height on the end to do so.  we have a nice cross in the POV.

13--left to right, 1 pressure, want to generate pressure in this curve to pull you back into 14 similar to [3 to 4].  dont let the sled rise on the end of the curve, and keep it off the left wall before 14.

14--Left to right, 2 pressure DANGER corner--you hit max speed here--get in, point the sled parallel and away from the roof, letting it do it's thing.  on the end you want to manipulate it so it doesnt come back onto the curve and flip over as it's ending.  get out of the curve with a cross into 15 and pointed not too much towards the 15 roof.

15.  right to left, 1 pressure, going to hurt your breakman if you don't go in parallel.  the sled will go way high and abruptly as well.  get in, turn the sled so it doesn't go to the roof, and do what you can to get off the corner without skidding uphill which will kill your speed. avoid hitting the right or left walls, which i tap the right in the POV into 16.

16--Left to right, 3 pressures, just don't let the sled flip here on the end, but steer as little as possible, the finish line is just after it!
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: YitzyS on March 15, 2021, 10:39:04 AM
Now, as for the corners, from my perspective--
It's fascinating (and really impressive) how much nuance goes into the short ride! To me it looked like a roller coaster - just buckle in and enjoy the ride.
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on March 15, 2021, 11:03:47 AM
It's fascinating (and really impressive) how much nuance goes into the short ride! To me it looked like a roller coaster - just buckle in and enjoy the ride.

You need to do a bunch in bob! It's definitely a tricky thing. Our steering is secret and learned through a lot of blood and sweat so I've cut out a few things that if someone found could use to a competitive advantage, but left a lot in to help a lay person understand the gist of it. Feel free to ask any questions though of course!
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: lcm on March 15, 2021, 07:09:11 PM
You need to do a bunch in bob! It's definitely a tricky thing. Our steering is secret and learned through a lot of blood and sweat so I've cut out a few things that if someone found could use to a competitive advantage, but left a lot in to help a lay person understand the gist of it. Feel free to ask any questions though of course!
Wow,
I'm also amazed by the sheer intense detail and skill that goes into this!
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on March 19, 2021, 10:10:37 AM
https://mailchi.mp/8a7c0a81f8de/a-historic-season (https://mailchi.mp/8a7c0a81f8de/a-historic-season)

Sent out an email to the supporters--link above, a brief season's recap.
Also copied below albeit without accompanying pictures.

To my very wonderful friends and supporters,

The 2020/21 season has now come to a close and what an absolutely historic season it has been, setting multiple Israeli records and setting new standards in Israeli Bobsleigh.  Our placements this season included 2 noteworthy achievements:
--Israel’s first ever bobsleigh podium in an international competition
--Highest ever placement for an Israeli bobsleigh team in an IBSF-calendar competition
Our performance as a team was also something to take extreme pride in. By season’s end, we had established ourselves as worthy competition against the Olympic silver medalist on his home track (more below about the Korea Cup.)

I’d like to stress that all of the team’s accomplishments are Israel’s accomplishments, and yours as well. If you are receiving this email, you were a part of the journey.  As an (extended) member of the team, I hope you can share in our pride.  This season has cemented the confidence in our prospects. We stand the greatest chance since the original Israeli bobsleigh team 15 years ago of earning Israel an Olympic berth.

It’s been a long while since I provided an update. In that time, a full season has gone by.
November-February:
Training this season exclusively took place at the Alpensia Olympic Sliding Center, a return to the track where I last competed on behalf of Israel. In 2018, following the Olympic Games here in PyeongChang, I felt compelled for a number of reasons (a couple of ones having to do with the experience at the Games in PyeongChang,) to leave sliding sport and work for the team in other roles.  At the time, I believed that this was the last time I might have the opportunity to wear our flag, and it was an emotional farewell.

It seemed fitting to continue the journey at this very track.  But the only thing that truly mattered was what was optimal for the team's success, and in that regard there was absolutely no question—no other location in the world could provide what PyeongChang could.  Any teams stuck in the United States would be greatly limited in their ability to develop.  Outside of a few competitions there was almost no training available to international teams and no facilities to take advantage of. In contrast, PyeongChang remained open the entire season to international teams, of which we were one of only two (Australia being the other).  By season’s end we had taken more training runs (over 200) than any other bobsleigh team in the world not situated at their home track.  The run volume was invaluable—the only means of improving during the season is to get on ice, and there was not a day we missed.   

We were also fortunate to have world class facilities available to us—one of only a few functioning “ice-houses” (a practice indoor starting facility to improve the sprinting start) is located in PyeongChang and was available for use, as was a gym. The team trained and developed in both the 2-man and 4-man bobsleigh discipline.  The physical toll is brutal on the athletes and training daily in 4-man is not possible due to injury risk, so we switched often, taking more runs in the 2-man to keep our push-athletes fresh. We also received excellent coaching from 2 coaches available to us in PyeongChang—Heath Spence (2014 Olympian, 2-man and 4-man, Australia) and Dorin Grigoire (2018, Romania.)

I recorded a front-and-back POV (point-of-view) video in the 4-man so you can hear and see what I do on the run—it’s a minute long and I highly suggest watching if you haven’t had the opportunity to see a run before.

February-March—Training and Competition, history made:
Early February brought on our first international competition at the Horizon’s Cup in PyeongChang.  Although originally billed as an IBSF-sanctioned event, due to a delay in the organizers filing paperwork, it was eventually determined not to be included on the IBSF calendar.  It was considered an international competition with teams from Korea, Vietnam, and Israel, but it did not count towards one of our Olympic requirements.

Bobsleigh is considered to be essentially Formula-1 racing on ice.  A good analogy is that even the best racing driver can’t win a formula one race in a Toyota Prius. A monumental contributor to results is equipment, of which competitive equipment is prohibitively expensive, especially for our team in the 2-man discipline.  We had been training in a rented 13 year old 2-man sled with a massive crack in both sides of the fiberglass, resulting in large speed losses, and with runners (essentially our tires) that were way too sharp for the weather.  Our goal was to show what we could do against the best given the tools we had to work with, and I cannot overstate how proud I am of the team’s results. The team came together beautifully during the event, securing a historic first for Israel Bobsleigh: a podium finish in an international competition with a Silver in the first event, ahead of another Korean team on home track.

Bolstered by this result the team trained hard for the Korea Cup in March, which was placed on the IBSF calendar and doubled as the National Team Selection Races for Korea. The top 3 teams in the competition were the top 3 teams for Korea, including the reigning Olympic Silver medalist Yunjong Won.  Our goal was to finish as close to Yunjong as possible.  Putting down a good result relative to the world’s best would put Israel on the radar, so to speak, and I’m proud to say we did just that. In the race we finished 2.4 seconds over 2 runs behind Yunjong, a monumental result, and a placement higher than any other Israeli bobsleigh team (4 of 8) in an IBSF competition in history.  We placed ahead of a Korean team and both Vietnamese teams.  It was an incredible boost for a team that only 6 months ago was looking like it might not come together. This competition closed out the competitive season and we have now officially entered the offseason.

What’s next?  When is the qualification season?  What else is necessary?
We have from now until October to improve in all of the ways we can off the ice.  For the athletes, this means pushing faster and better.  Sprinting and lifting is the name of the game. For the team as a whole, this means a host of things that need to be secured.
-finances
-team managers
-equipment
-coaches
Through generous support of individuals, Toyota and Ariel Property Advisors, the team managed to secure 12% of the budget this season, with 88% unfunded.  This is unsustainable and it is hard to envision a way for the team to have a qualifying season without finding a more complete sponsorship arrangement.  Our equipment cannot keep up and we won’t be able to afford coaching, medical and training care, and logistics.

On the logistics and team management front, I will be searching for a team manager.  It was brutal and exhausting work to manage the team while simultaneously training. For our Olympic qualification season, we will need someone to take care of this more completely.

Equipment-wise, if we find the funds we will attempt to secure more competitive equipment.

Coaching-wise, we will need to find a dedicated coach who can travel with us.

We’ll be based from October onwards largely in North America where we will compete on the North American Cup circuit en route to Beijing qualification.  The competitions will take place November through about January 10th, with the Beijing Games opening on February 4th, 2022.
 
Thank you so very much for being a part of this journey.  The team’s success is Israel’s success and you yourselves are a part of the team. Even simple messages of encouragement go a long way and we really appreciate all the support.

My deepest appreciation,
AJ

Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: lcm on March 19, 2021, 11:55:06 AM
Wow, wow, wow!
Fantastic update, these accomplishment are huge and monumental!
It is really beautiful and inspiring to see where things are now, as you put it-consodering where things were 6 months ago.
Lots and lots of Hatzalcha going forward to clinch this!
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on March 20, 2021, 09:03:02 PM
Wow, wow, wow!
Fantastic update, these accomplishment are huge and monumental!
It is really beautiful and inspiring to see where things are now, as you put it-consodering where things were 6 months ago.
Lots and lots of Hatzalcha going forward to clinch this!

אמן!
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: yesitsme on May 03, 2021, 08:39:00 PM
How are things coming along?
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: hgeek23 on May 14, 2021, 09:13:33 AM
How are things coming along?

Training hard. The chances of making the games are quite high but unfortunately we just have now the same issues that have always been the concern. Funds.

In 4 months I will need to raise an enormous amount and it's just not the reality that the team is a priority for people or companies. I'm concerned. We're at the doorstep but we can't open the door without the right pieces.

I head to Israel in about a month for a combine for the athletes, one of a few to see who might be priority for the Olympic team. I'm excited, we have 9 terrific athletes lined up. But here too is an issue in that ideally we'd take the top 5 of them to placid in September/October and see which of them gelled well with the setting and team (many people quit after day 1 in a sled so we can't just take 3,) but telling athletes to quit their jobs to do something dangerous and not certain of their placements or qualification, without any kind of financial support just isn't really an appealing option for many.

Training in California this week and next then back to New York for training another few weeks and Israel the week of the 20th of June. I miss my country and it hurts to be outside of it at this time of need.
Title: Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread
Post by: lcm on May 14, 2021, 07:45:59 PM
Wow, wow, wow!
Thanks for the update, was getting worried too.
It's fantastic that it looks like you are really making it, wow!!

I wish you lots and lots of Hatzalcha in bringing funds, may it come easily and bountifully, more that you even expected!

Welcome back to the US, and Hazlacha Rabbah and safe trip!!