Shalom Life | July 01, 2014

Breakthrough Jew – Jared Goldberg

Goldberg won the U.S. Championship in downhill ski racing in 2013

By: Sarah Bauder

Published: February 27th, 2014 in Sports » World

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Name: Jared Goldberg

Age: 22

Hometown: Boston (birthplace), Holladay, Utah (hometown)

Breakthrough Cred: Won the U.S. Championship in downhill ski racing in 2013

Since the wee age of 6, Jared Goldberg has been hurtling down mountains at breakneck speeds. The alpine skier got his start on the slopes at a mere 2, many thanks to his parents who were ski instructors in Killington, VT. The family later relocated to Utah when Goldberg was 4 years old.

“I started racing when I was 6. But we had so much snow that year, I mostly skied powder all winter,” Goldberg explained in an interview.

“Back then I just did it for fun. I got to ski around with my buddies, and we did a race every two weeks. Everything was really local,” he told Deseret News in 2012.

It wasn’t until he was a sophomore in high school, that Goldberg began seriously pursuing alpine skiing as a career.

“I love doing this. Going 80-plus miles per hour — even up to 90 — it’s the most exhilarating thing ever,” he explained to the Deseret News.

Thereafter, in a short amount of time, Goldberg has made quite the name for himself. In 2010, he was a member of the Junior World Championships team, and also was the U.S. Junior combined champion that year. He placed 3rd junior in giant slalom at the 2011 U.S. Championships, and 2nd junior in downhill. A year later he placed 3rd in Super-G at the U.S. Championships, and made his debut on the World Cup circuit, placing a very respectable 30th in the same event. By 2013, Goldberg won the U.S. Championship in downhill.

“Free skiing and just having a good time, you learn how to make good recoveries on a race course. Free skiing made me more versatile and helped me be able to make recoveries when the course gets really bumpy, which it did the other day. I was able to stay on my line and get to the bottom. I definitely think it was free skiing that helped me win the race the other day,” Goldberg said in an interview after winning the U.S. Championships.

In 2014, Goldberg was a member of the U.S. men’s alpine team at the Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

“It’s been really awesome, just to be here, and be able to ski with the best in the world – Guys that I’ve been skiing with all year, and I finally get to be here on the main-stage, and you know, show the world what I can do,” Goldberg told USA Today.

Although Goldberg’s main focus has been alpine skiing, he does have a variety of other interests including surfing, rock climbing, mountain biking, and playing a myriad of musical instruments from harmonica, to drums, to a cigar-box guitar.

“They used to make them in the 20’s because no one could afford a guitar. It’s got a deep, Dirty South sound. I love it, ” he explained.

“A lot of people peak around 27 to 32. You have to learn all the downhill tracks, inspect the course and know where to be,” Goldberg told the Deseret News.

With a trajectory like his, undoubtedly we will be hearing much about, Jared Goldberg.

Find out more about Jared Goldberg at his official website or follow him on Twitter @Jared_Goldberg.

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