On August 8, a crowd-funding campaign was launched to help lessen the financial burden of Israel skeleton competitor A.J. Edelman’s training in the 2014/15 season.
Last year, Edelman had four successful races that landed him 91st in world rankings and qualified him for a spot in the World Championships in Igls, Austria. This coming season, he will be participating in 12-14 more races, through which he hopes to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Edelman, a self-identifying Orthodox Jew, grew on the east coast and attended college at MIT, but a gap year, which he spent studying at Yeshivat Lev Hatorah in Ramat Beit Shemesh, helped inspired him to join the Israel Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation after graduating in 2013.