My Story

My Story | Israeli-American Skeleton Athlete

I am a proud South Floridian who was always involved in both athletics and my local Jewish community while growing up. I attended Scheck Hillel Community School and then Pine Crest School, where I discovered my talent and love for Track & Field, going on to win a district championship in the 100 meter dash and setting several school records.

Around this time, I saw Steven Spielberg's "Munich", which details the horrific massacre of 11 Jewish athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games. This movie impacted me greatly as I had always held a strong connection to Israel and the Jewish people. This connection was instilled from a young age through family, community, my time at Scheck Hillel, and my 2008 March of the Living trip, which emphasized the importance to me that the Jewish people have a land we can call our own. After the March, I knew I wanted to do more to both support Israel, and to educate those around me about the horrors of the Holocaust. After seeing "Munich" I realized that as an athlete, competing for Israel would be a most fitting platform to do just that, while also honoring the 11 athletes who were killed in Munich.

Throughout my Track career at Tulane University, I always kept this dream in the back of my mind, but after graduating, I traded in my track spikes for law books and began my studies at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in NYC. Just as I was getting into the rhythm of my first semester, I suffered a Transient Ischemic Attack, effectively a “minor stroke”.  

Coincidentally, my hardship fell during the 2014 Winter Olympics. While recovering from my TIA, I discovered the sport of Skeleton. After some research I decided, rather than having my face buried in Torts and Constitutional Law books, it should be buried in ice as I slide under 5-G's of pressure at 80 miles per hour!

Shortly thereafter, I found myself at a sliding school in Lake Placid, NY.  Upon graduating from law school, I took both the Florida and New York State Bar exams to complete my legal education.

Now, with law school and two Bar admittances under my belt, I headed up to Lake Placid to join the Team USA Skeleton Developmental Program full-time. After three seasons in the USA program, I finally knew I was ready to represent the Magen David.

I applied for Israeli citizenship, and formally joined the Israel Bobsled & Skeleton Federation in April of 2019. Ever since, I have been more inspired and motivated than ever to represent Israel in the 2022 Olympic Games.

The 2019/2020 season was my first competing for Israel. I was fortunate to compete in two World Cup races, and race on five tracks in four different countries. I finished the season ranked 76th in the world, and earned a plethora of personal bests and Israel National Team records along the way.

During the 2020/2021 season I continued to build on this momentum. In the Europa Cup in Winterberg, Germany, I earned Israel's first ever top-10 finish on a European track at any level. Later that season, I took home Israel's first ever podium finish, doing so in the North America Cup in Park City, Utah. Although there were no world rankings due to COVID, the improvement in my performances was significant, and included full second personal bests at both Park City and Lake Placid.

I am currently spending the off-season training in South Florida, while also working as a Lawyer and Realtor in order to help fund my upcoming season.