The Olympics are a special time….

In which hundreds of countries from all over the world come together and celebrate the qualities that bind us together: sportsmanship and endurance. We asked J staff members to tell us what they’re looking forward to during the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea (and we sprinkled in a few fun facts, because what’s life without fun facts?).

Pam Kalinowski: Donor Stewardship Coordinator

Gah! I love the winter ones more than the summer, and I most look forward to: Bobsled, speed skating, and (believe it or not) curling! I got into curling so much during the Vancouver Olympics—I’ve even taken lessons!

Fun Fact #1: Israel is sending its largest-ever contingent to the Winter Games — 10 athletes, including seven figure skaters, an Alpine skier, a speed skater and Israel’s first skeleton competitor, Boston-born A.J. Edelman.

Jackee Woodman: Marketing Manager

I’m most excited to watch Luging. It’s the one winter Olympic sport that really gets me excited. Watching those daredevils tear down those icy tracks always get my heart pumping. Those people are fearless!

Fun Fact #2: The Jewish community is setting up a kosher pop-up restaurant and other services for visitors in town for the games.

Alexis Robbins: Content Coordinator

I love figure skating! I was a competitive figure skater as a kid and I really enjoy seeing all of the new talent every four years. I also like speed skating–Apolo Ohno was my favorite growing up, but J.R. Celski is pretty neat, too. I’ll be looking out for him this year.

Fun Fact #3: Be on the lookout for Evan Weinstock on Team USA! He’s on our bobsled team this year and is sure to give other bobsled teams a run for their money.