Skeleton racer AJ Edelman is making new friends in PyeongChang. Skeleton racer AJ Edelman is making new friends in PyeongChang. Skeleton racer AJ Edelman is making new friends in PyeongChang. (Photo: Courtesy AJ Edelman)

First photos: Israeli athletes share their arrival in Korea for Winter Olympics

Team spends first days in Pyeongchang practicing and posing for pics.

"Wow! I can't believe I am heading out to the 2018 Olympic Games," said Israeli figure skater Daniel Samohin. "Here we go!"

PHOTOS: Israel at the Winter Olympics

And away they went. Members of the team departed from JFK International Airport earlier this week and headed to Pyeongchang, South Korea. Below are some photos from the trip and their first days on the ground...

Israeli short track speed skater Vlad Bykanov getting in some practice time at the Olympic facilities. Israeli short track speed skater Vlad Bykanov getting in some practice time at the Olympic venue. (Photo: Courtesy Yaniv Ashkenazi)

The Israeli flag can be seen as one of the dozen countries participating in the Winter Games. The Israeli flag can be seen as one of many countries participating in the Winter Games. (Photo: Courtesy Yaniv Ashkenazi)

Yaniv Ashkenazi (left), head of the Israeli delegation, poses next to the Olympic mascot with speed skater Vlad Bykanov (right). Yaniv Ashkenazi (left), head of the Israeli delegation, poses next to the Olympic mascot with speed skater Vlad Bykanov (right). (Photo: Courtesy Yaniv Ashkenazi)

Paige Conners (left) and Evgeni Krasnopolsky pose after lacing up their skates on Wednesday. Paige Conners (left) and Evgeni Krasnopolsky pose after lacing up their skates on Wednesday. (Photo: Courtesy Yaniv Ashkenazi)

Figure skater Adel Tankova (left) and Ronald Zilberberg (right) take a practice skate on Wednesday. Figure skaters Adel Tankova (left) and Ronald Zilberberg (right) take a practice skate on Wednesday. (Photo: Courtesy Yaniv Ashkenazi)

Some of the athletes and delegation members departing JFK Airport. Some of the athletes and delegation members departing JFK Airport. (Photo: Instagram)

Arriving at the airport in South Korea. Arriving at the airport in South Korea. (Photo: Instagram)

Israeli figure skater Alexey Byhchenko (center) getting in some practice time on his first day. Israeli figure skater Alexey Byhchenko (center) getting in some practice time on his first day. (Photo: Instagram)

Pairs skaters Paige Conners (left) and Evgeni Krasnopolsky (right) get in some practice time on the ice. Pairs skaters Paige Conners (left) and Evgeni Krasnopolsky (right) get in some practice time on the ice. (Photo: Instagram)

Figure skater Daniel Samohin cut his hand during practice today. After getting three stitches, he said he's good to go. Figure skater Daniel Samohin cut his hand during practice today. After getting three stitches, he said he's good to go. (Photo: Instagram)

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First photos: Israeli athletes share their arrival in Korea for Winter Olympics
Team spends first days in Pyeongchang practicing and posing for pics.