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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:

Any suggestions on making the campaign a success would be most appreciated as well.
AJ Edelman, #HebrewHammer

August 10, 2015, 11:21:55 PM
3 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 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?

September 18, 2016, 07:32:17 PM
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
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
Re: Competing in the Olympics
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
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
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
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
Re: Ask AJ Edelman Anything: DDF Member And Member Of The 2018 Israel Olympic Team!
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
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.
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.

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

August 12, 2018, 06:38:30 PM