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Tuesday, May 4, 2004

Israel Bobsledders Seek "One Good Man"

Archived from Jerusalem Post, May 4, 2004

The Israeli Bobsled Team will hold tryouts next week to find the fourth and final member of the squad that will try to qualify for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.

The tryouts will take place on May 11 at the Canada Center in Metulla and May 12 at Kfar Maccabia in Ramat Gan.  Those that advance from the first rounds will meet at Wingate Institute on May 14 to fight it out for the lone available spot.

The IBT's requirements for the tryouts are athletes of at least 1.75 meters in height, who weigh at least 100kg.  They will be expected to run 30 meters in under four seconds, jump vertically 70cm, bench press 120kg, and power clean over 100kg.

The lucky athlete that is selected will live, train, and compete with the team on Olympic tracks in the U.S., Canada, and Europe to qualify for the 2006 Olympics.

The three members of the team are Aaron Zeff, John Frank, and David Greaves, and they are coached by New Zealand native Ross Dominikovich.

"When you think of Israel, bobsled is not the first thing that comes to mind - yet," says team driver/pilot Zeff, himself a former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot.  "Our primary goal is to bring bobsledding and the opportunity to compete in this thrilling sport to each and every Israeli.  We want the Israeli Bobsled Team to be source of national pride during the 2006 Winter Olympics and beyond."

"We're serious athletes with purpose and ambition," says brakeman Frank, a former NFL tight end with the San Francisco 49ers.  "We are here to look for the last piece of the puzzle - a young, ambitious, and talented Israeli athlete to be an integral part of our winning team."

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