ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) – Returning back to your hometown and giving back to your community is important to many professional athletes.
This morning at Quarry Hill, Rochester native and Olympic level Nordic skier Ian Torchia shared his knowledge at a summer clinic. He attended a similar clinic 10 years ago and hopes to inspire the next generation of skiers.
He says with snowmaking being the future of skiing, kids in Rochester will have more opportunities. He advises them to set high goals for themselves but also enjoy the sport.
“I think you saw when snowmaking came into Minneapolis a lot of really good skiers came out of there and I think we’re going to see the same in Rochester,” said Torchia. “I would say definitely to not limit themselves at all and dream big and go for it. I wish I had trained more in the summer in high school. Winter skiers are made in the summer.”
Torchia has competed in Europe representing the US and he was also an NCAA champion in college at Northern Michigan.
While he does set individual goals, his dream is to win a medal on a relay team. Torchia says training with others helps him push his limits.