“Clean runs are few and far between, especially when you are first starting out,” Firestone says. “Your arms are exposed off the sides and the ice on the walls is not smooth like the ice on a rink, and there are some pretty serious cuts and bruises, but I’ve been pretty lucky . . . so far so good.”
But it was a failure of luck, Firestone says, that brought him to such a busy crossroad.
In this Q&A with my alma mater, Scheck Hillel Community School, I discuss the important role my Jewish education has played in my career path, the honor of donning the Star of David as I compete in countries that tried their best to prevent that from ever happening, and give a reading recommendation for those looking to combat anti-semitic/anti-Israel rhetoric.
My outlook dramatically changed when I participated in the March of the Living (MOTL) in 2008. The March will always be the most meaningful trip of my life. Being in Poland, standing on the same ground where not so long ago my people suffered the worst human atrocity of all time, gave me a much greater understanding of the importance that we never forget what happened. Also, having the opportunity to travel from Poland to Israel in the same trip instilled an appreciation for Israel I never had before.
Olympic bobsledder and skeleton racers test their stuff in preparation for the highest level of competition in their sport pushing themselves every day to increase their track speeds by fractions of a second. One of those professional athletes is. Jared Firestone.
In one of VoyageMIA's stories about young entrepreneurs in South Florida, I talk about selling real estate in South Florida, my path to sliding for Israel, and my lifelong obsession with the local sports teams in Miami.