AJ Edelman, Team Israel
Needless to say, for Edelman, who is currently ranked 61st in the world, the journey to Pyeongchang to represent Israel is the realization of a dream a long time in the making. While a medal might seem beyond his reach, the words of Theodor Herzl seem fairly appropriate—im tirtzu, ein zo aggadah (if you will it, it is no dream). Look for him on the skeleton track; he won’t be hard to miss with his blue-and-white suit and an image of Samson emblazoned on his helmet.
Jared Goldberg, Team USA
Jared Goldberg will be competing for Team USA for his second straight Winter Olympics in alpine skiing. While Jared grew up in Utah, his father grew up in Sharon and has strong Boston roots. At the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Goldberg finished 11th in alpine combined and 19th in giant slalom, coming on the heels of his 2013 first-place finish in downhill at the U.S. Championships and second-place finish in super giant slalom. Goldberg suffered a rupture of his Achilles tendon in 2016, but came back for the 2017 season and had four top-20 finishes already in 2018. Plus, he plays the ukulele and harmonica, and is an aspiring sitar player.
AJ Rosen, Great Britain
Our second Jewish “AJ” of the Pyeongchang Olympics, Adam Joseph Rosen was born in New Rochelle, N.Y., and still lives in Westchester but competes for Great Britain as he maintains dual citizenship. This will be Rosen’s third Winter Games, having competed in both Vancouver (2010) and Torino (2006) and finishing 16th in both. Rosen has been competing on the world stage since 2003; his highest finish came in 2009, when he finished in sixth place at the World Cup in Calgary. Rosen’s need for speed seems to be an existential necessity, as he is an aspiring commercial pilot and also sometimes referred to as “the fastest Jew on ice”—a claim that AJ Edelman might take issue with.
Evan Weinstock, Team USA
At 6’4” and 215 pounds, it’s hard to miss Evan Weinstock. As a teenager he was a top football prospect, being named the Nevada 4A player of the year, but after an injury ended his football career he went to Brown University and promptly took up decathlon. His prodigious career in Providence features him winning the Ivy League title four times and setting the school record in the event, while also earning an NCAA All-American honorable mention as a senior. He attempted to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics in decathlon, but when that didn’t pan out, he set his sights on bobsled, quickly moving up the ranks and making one of three four-man bobsled teams that Team USA will be putting on the track at Pyeongchang.