Jared Goldberg will make his Olympic debut for the U.S. in Sochi where he will compete for a start in the men’s downhill. The four U.S. positions will be determined after the three training runs. After earning a spot on the U.S. Development Team four years ago, he made his World Cup debut in Lake Louise in 2012 and scored his first points a few weeks later in Beaver Creek. His best finish to date came in the super-combined in Kitzbuehel in January when he was 11th.
- 2013: U.S. National Championships – Gold (downhill)
Things to know:
1. Goldberg learned to ski at Killington, Vt. Before his family moved to Utah when he was 4 years old. From then on, he did his skiing at Snowbird. He began racing at the age of 6 and at 17 he joined Team Flow. He earned his first berth on the U.S. Development Team in 2010.
2. Goldberg was among the Americans who trained on the Rosa Khutor Olympic slope during the test event in Sochi in 2012. “Russia is the most bizarre place I've ever been,” he said. “The town we stayed in was brand new. Imagine a big canyon of absolutely nothing, at most a few houses. Two years later there are high-rise hotels and stadiums. The actual mountain is probably among the coolest places I have ever been. It rivals Snowbird and Jackson Hole terrain, and that's something I never thought I would say. It's pillow heaven. It’s steep. It has spines everywhere and there is some amazing tree skiing. The downhill track is also world class with big jumps and huge drawn out turns that scream fun.”
3. Off the slopes, Goldberg is quite the musician. He gravitates toward string instruments – he even has a cigar box guitar – but also can play the drums. He travels all season with a ukulele and harmonica, and hopes to add a banjo and sitar to his collection.