Jared A. Firestone ’16 is a member of the Team USA Bobsled & Skeleton team. Jared is a part of the “Emerging Elite” group of Skeleton athletes with aspirations to compete in the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing. Skeleton is a winter sliding sport in which an athlete uses a running start to ride a small sled down a frozen track at speeds topping 80 miles per hour, while experiencing over 5 Gs of force, with their chin just inches above the ice.

Jared was recruited by the Skeleton Development coach after his 1L year at Cardozo, and began his career as a slider during his 3L year, when he spent a week in Lake Placid, NY, learning the sport. With the support and encouragement of his Cardozo professors and classmates, Jared qualified to return as a member of the Team USA program the following fall.

Lake Placid Skeleton POV

Upon graduation, Jared moved to the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid to begin training for his first full season as a Skeleton athlete. He also took both the Florida and New York bar exams during this time. He finished 19th at the USA National Championships at the end of his rookie season. This past fall, Jared kicked off his sophomore season with an 8th place finish at the U.S. National Push Championships in Calgary.

Jared has been working as a real estate salesperson with Douglas Elliman during the offseason. Now, having been sworn into the Florida Bar, and with plans to be sworn in as an attorney in New York in March, Jared hopes to secure a position that allows him to utilize his law licenses while pursuing his dream of becoming an Olympian.

You can follow his journey to the 2022 Olympics on Instagram. Jared is also happy to answer any questions about Skeleton via email at jfirest@gmail.com.

This is the part of an ongoing series highlighting the accomplishments of Cardozo alumni, an initiative led by the Office of Alumni Affairs and CYAN (the Cardozo Young Alumni Network).

If you would like to nominate an alum to be featured in the CJOA, please email Katie Gillette (katherine.gillette@yu.edu) in the Office of Alumni Affairs.