Jared Firestone

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Team facts

Sport:              Skeleton

Birth Date:        30 March 1990 

Height:            172cm

Weight:            78kg

Season joined:  2019/20

Favourite track:  Lake Placid

Top speed:       131.5 km/h park city 

Best skeleton moment: Winning Israel’s first bronze medal at NAC January 2021 in Park City

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Bio

Born and raised in South Florida, Jared was always involved in both athletics and his local Jewish community while growing up. He attended Scheck Hillel Community School and then Pine Crest School, where he discovered his talent and love for Track & Field, going on to win a district championship in the 100-meter dash, setting several school records along the way.  

 
After attending the March of the Living in 2008, Jared knew he wanted to do more to both support Israel, and to educate those around him about the horrors of the Holocaust. 


After seeing Steven Spielberg's movie "Munich", which details the 1972 Munich Massacre of 11 Jewish athletes at the Olympic Games, Jared realized that as an athlete, competing for Israel would be a most fitting platform to accomplish his goal, while also honoring the 11 athletes who were killed in Munich.


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

 
Coincidentally, his hardship fell during the 2014 Winter Olympics. While recovering from his TIA, he discovered the sport of Skeleton. After some research he 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, Jared found himself at a sliding school in Lake Placid, NY. Upon graduating from law school, he took both the Florida and New York State Bar exams to complete my legal education.


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


Jared applied for Israeli citizenship, and formally joined the Israel Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation in April of 2019. 


The 2019/2020 season was Jared's first competing for Israel. He competed in two World Cup races, and finished the season ranked 76th in the world, second amongst all IBSF men’s skeleton rookies. 


During the 2020/2021 season, Jared earned Israel’s first Top 10 finish in a race held in Europe, finishing 10th at a Europa Cup race in Winterberg, Germany. Later in the season he also earned Israel’s first ever podium finish, winning a bronze medal in Park City Utah at the North America Cup.


Jared spends his off-seasons training in South Florida, while also working as a Lawyer and Realtor in order to help fund the next sliding season.