My Teammate, Aliyah Snyder, has had to call her career to an early end. She explain it best in her blog, here.
Needless to say, I'm beyond bummed that Aliyah won't be there with me at the start house next time. I can't say enough about how amazing of a teammate she is. No one else helped me get over my fear of sliding after my accident in Park City as Aliyah did. She was the only person I could really talk to about skeleton, and all the unique challenges that come along with our sport.
Even when Omri's face is smashed, Aliyah remains positive and happy
Thank you so much for everything you've done for me, for the team, and the way in which you represented our country with pride, confidence, and humility. I am so proud to be able to call you a teammate, a world-class athlete, a fellow Israeli, and a friend. You have an incredible spirit, and with or without skeleton, that's something that will always serve you well. I know that while your involvement with team Israel as an athlete may be over, you will always be part of this team, and this federation. Let's face it, without you, we would not even have T-shirts :). I know I speak for our entire federation when I say that wherever your athletic/professional/personal lives take you, we will always be there to support you, and to cheer you on. I can't thank you enough for being a part of our team, and I can only hope that when new athletes join our federation, they will be even half the person you were, and that I'll be able to have half as much fun doing a track walk at -30°. I promise to learn our special team dance, and get you a video of it once I have it down.
oh, and you'll always have Israel's first Medal