AJ Edelman is one of Israel’s national Skeleton athletes. For three seasons AJ has represented Israel in international competition, training to qualify Israel for the first time in a sliding sport for the Winter Olympic games, next to be held in 2018 (Pyeongchang, South Korea). AJ burst onto the Israeli team in 2014, and has won 3 national titles, and holds national records at each track he has raced at in the past two seasons. He is the only Israeli athlete in Skeleton to race his entire career with the Israeli team, considering no other programs, and fulfilling his long-standing goal of representing his country and people on the international sporting stage.
AJ was born in Boston, Massachusetts (03/14/1991). He started playing hockey at age 3 and continued on through high school as a goalie for his hometown team, the Brookline Warriors. Identified as a premier talent in middle school AJ was offered spots at top prep-schools in Massachusetts but opted to remain at his Orthodox Jewish day-school. After a year studying in religious seminary in Israel AJ matriculated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he joined the MIT Engineers Hockey team. AJ is believed to be the first shomer-shabbat player in the history of the program. In 2014 AJ graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering (concentrating on management application of mechanical engineering).
For a brief period of time after hockey AJ competed as a natural drug-free bodybuilder, placing in two categories at the 2014 Annapolis Drug-free Bodybuilding Championships. Despite offers to continue playing hockey AJ transitioned to the sport of skeleton after graduating from MIT. His personal goal is to inspire more Jewish and Israeli participation in sport, and to use the Olympics as a springboard to launch a foundation to aid Jewish and Israeli athletes in their athletic pursuits.