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Ask AJ Edelman Anything: DDF Member And Member Of The 2018 Israel Olympic Team! Hi guys,
Shameless but necessary plug.
My name is AJ Edelman, Israel's national skeleton athlete and longtime DD user.  I am training to try and qualify Israel for the 2018 Olympic winter games.
My indiegogo campaign just launched, and if you've been trying to hit some spend on your CCs while getting a tax deduction this might be a good opportunity.
Check out the campaign and videos:
indiegogo: IsraelSkeleton.com/go



Any suggestions on making the campaign a success would be most appreciated as well.
Thanks!
AJ Edelman, #HebrewHammer
fb.com/IsraelSkeletonAJ
AJ

August 10, 2015, 11:21:55 PM
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hasofer.com or other place to get tefillin? I have unfortunately lost my tefillin on a recent trip (losing them likely in the UA lounge in Denver--Lost and Found reporting has not found them).  Which means i'm in search of a new pair.
I saw on hasofer.com that their Gassot tefillin ranges from lchatchilla to lchatchilla+ to mehudar 3-9*.  Does anyone have experience with hasofer or know of a good place to get tefillin that will last a long time but that im not losing an arm and a leg for?
Thanks!

September 18, 2016, 07:32:17 PM
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Re: (plug) Tax deductible CC spend Opportunity--support the Israel Olympic dream thanks guys! Much appreciated. Just got back from Israel.  The team uniforms aren't as flashy as the USA, but i'll give you a sneak peak:


They're entirely polyester *shudders*

January 29, 2018, 05:27:26 AM
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Competing in the Olympics
any idea what time your event is? NBC's schedule has the (qualifying round ?) as 8-11pm on 2/14 and gold medal at 8-1230am on 2/15

Out of curiosity (and no disrespect meant at all!) how do your times compare to the best in the world currently/world records?
No offense taken. Skeleton is 4 heats over 2 days. 2 heats per day. Top 20 are allowed to complete the second heat of day 2.
In terms of times, Skeleton is one of the hardest sports in the Olympics to Qualify for as it is limited to 30 Athletes of about 16 Nations. In 4 years with no coach and no funding whatsoever from the Israeli govt (hence unable to afford a coach), we've qualified. We are not in medal position. About a couple seconds back per run. Most of this is due to the sprinting start, as I am a terrific driver, but not a good sprinter. However, we are the only one at these games to have qualified in 4 years with no coaching, and no support, a task said to be impossible for us a few years ago. The qualification itself was a massive achievement, as we bested 14 other nations in rank to gain our spot. I'll be looking to beat a few more Nations in the games but we are not medal contenders (it will go Korea, Latvia, Germany likely, in that order).

January 30, 2018, 11:20:15 AM
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Amazing accomplishment!  When you say "we" do you mean that all 10 of the Israeli athletes are in the same situation, not receiving support?  Does the Israeli OC only support summer olympians?
I believe they receive a measure of funding, I'm not sure how much. It would be different for each athlete based on results or olympics appearances, and obviously figure skating has a budget as a program in general, whereby skeleton does not receive a budget.
By "we" I meant that I owe Israel everything, and act on behalf of the country and people. And so I refer to the accomplishment as Israel's, not my own.

January 30, 2018, 11:56:21 AM
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Re: Ask AJ Edelman Anything: DDF Member And Member Of The 2018 Israel Olympic Team! In case anyone is interested I'm posting stories on my Snapchat (hgeek23) and Instagram (@israelskeleton)
February 06, 2018, 12:05:32 AM
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Re: Ask AJ Edelman Anything: DDF Member And Member Of The 2018 Israel Olympic Team! Sorry guys I'm on an interview/q&a blackout until after competition Friday (Thursday evening new York, early morning hours Israel). I'll answer all unanswered questions after competition.
February 12, 2018, 04:05:14 AM
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Re: Ask AJ Edelman Anything: DDF Member And Member Of The 2018 Israel Olympic Team! Promise I'll get to all the questions at least post shabbos. I have to pack up and leave the village b4 shabbos so all I can say right now is thank you for the support.
In terms of the pain, in honor of shabbos, a Kal vachomer on bishul "ayn ptzia achar pziah". Or is that a gzayra shava. Man I've been away from yeshiva for too long

February 15, 2018, 09:56:16 PM
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Awesome job AJ, I don't think I've ever cared to watch the skeleton before let alone being glued, watching the entire 2 heats! You are certainly accomplishing your goal, even the announcers say so :). Good luck in the next heat.
 I assume you cant answer now, but the announcers kept talking about how difficult this track is, are they right? Where would this track rank on our list of most difficult tracks?

The track isnt so difficult per say--it isn't whistler, where you risk death if you get it wrong.  What it is, is hard to get down fast.  the fast lines are very difficult to find, driving fast lines are hard here.
On the list of tracks that are hard to drive fast, this ranks up there because it's new.  For someone who had no coach at the Games, being sub-53 seconds on a 5.13 push was massive for me.  Really huge.  Being 52.35 on that final run while going airborne in the chicane was also huge.

February 17, 2018, 10:03:10 PM
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Israel Bobsled/skeleton and parabobsled is recruiting! Hey guys!
It's coming closer to rosh hashana which means another winter sports season is soon upon us (most seasons open around motzei Sukkot.)
Israel Bobsled and skeleton is currently recruiting! If you're interested in getting back at your overly protective Jewish mother, or just like throwing caution to the wind and have an itch to represent the White and Blue, hit me up.  Since pyeongchang 2018 we have recruited 5 new athletes to the program in bobsled, parabobsled, male and female skeleton! Join us.

Edit: it is possible to compete as a shomer shabbos athlete. Most lower-tier competitions are held on Thursday/Friday or another 2-day pair, where you only need to do one of the races.

What is needed:
Parabobsled: nothing! Just a love of Israel. We'll teach you the rest.  Help Israel qualify for the 2022 Paralympic games!

Bobsled: ability to push something big, willingness to lose a few brain cells.

Skeleton: same as bobsled, but if you're into doing things solo, this is the sport for you.

What support do we have for you?
Unfortunately we can't provide any shekalim right now, we rely on fundraising.
HOWEVER--
You will come into a program with the major advantage of having the advice and remote coaching of an array of athletes who all love Israel. We've made the Olympics once, be our next Olympian!

Preferred skills are sprinting and weightlifting. If you don't think you can be an Olympic athlete or are looking for a part time commitment, we can set you up as well in international races with the goal of achieving what it is you're looking to achieve.

Best,
AJ Edelman OLY
Dansdeals reader, Olympian, Head of Program and athlete development for Israel Bobsled/Skeleton

August 12, 2018, 06:38:30 PM
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Athletes needed (bobsled) Hey all,
Hate to ask again (asked last season,) but Israel Bobsled is looking for a couple of brakeman who would be interested in doing 4-man bobsled for the 2022 Olympic cycle.
This entails being on the "road" (Park City, Vancouver/Whistler, and Lake Placid) from October-March.  It's a serious push, just trying to line things up correctly, so if you or someone you know is an athletic, team-oriented, zionistic Israeli (or Jew looking to make Aliyah,) then please feel free to reach out.
Adam.edelman [at] olympian [dot] org, or whatsapp at 617-237-0242

This is the phase of getting a team lined up behind an already-experienced pilot in a program that has already made an Olympic debut, so we have the know-how and skill, but need teammates.  The skill necessary for recruits is being able to push something heavy quite fast, and a tolerance for discomfort, as it is not a thrill-ride by any stretch.  Good baseline metrics to go by would be a 30m sprint sub-4 seconds, a clean above 100+kgs (220+lb,) and a squat above 130kg (285lb.) There's time to train up so these are just for reference. Rugby, lacrosse, former track athletes and football players, etc. would make for promising candidates.

I am self-funding this thus far, and organizing it.  But as team members come aboard would need a sponsor.  If you know of any please also feel free to DM, though in the present economic climate, finding people is the number one priority.

Have a great shabbos!
AJ Edelman
Team Israel

April 17, 2020, 04:10:27 PM
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BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread See above wiki
October 07, 2020, 01:14:00 PM
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Re: Ask AJ Edelman Anything: DDF Member And Member Of The 2018 Israel Olympic Team!
For those following this thread, there is now a new leg of this journey: https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=120172.0
Thanks Yitzy. Will post an update from Korea quarantine hell today

November 04, 2020, 11:20:20 PM
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Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread 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


November 05, 2020, 01:13:16 PM
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Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread It's turning into a wild ride

November 18, 2020, 11:58:32 AM
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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 :)


November 19, 2020, 08:56:38 AM
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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

November 19, 2020, 12:38:17 PM
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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.

November 22, 2020, 05:29:41 AM
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Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread An important evening in the journey.


November 28, 2020, 05:28:00 PM
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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.

20201202_115655 by AJ Edelman, on Flickr

December 01, 2020, 10:24:30 PM
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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!

December 02, 2020, 08:10:32 AM
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December 10, 2020, 07:37:00 AM
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+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

February 01, 2021, 12:58:44 AM
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Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread Just had captured a few thoughts


February 01, 2021, 08:33:11 AM
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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.

February 02, 2021, 11:05:03 AM
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Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread Think you'll enjoy this.


February 25, 2021, 02:12:46 PM
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+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

February 27, 2021, 07:07:43 PM
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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

March 11, 2021, 11:02:21 AM
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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!

March 15, 2021, 09:28:16 AM
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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!

March 15, 2021, 11:03:47 AM
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Re: BobTeam Edelman / 2022 Olympics thread 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


March 19, 2021, 10:10:37 AM
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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.

May 14, 2021, 09:13:33 AM
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