The Nordic community was shocked by the death of Torin Tucker, a member of the Dartmouth ski team, during the Craftsbury marathon yesterday. The JNT feels the loss in multiple ways, including alums who were current training partners and teammates of Torin’s, JNT families and alums who were at Craftsbury yesterday, and the Lindahls who are close family friends of the Tuckers. We are proud of how the team has come together to support each other, especially Erik, and are grateful to Erik for sharing his thoughts and memories below.
After a long night of tossing and turning, I woke up this morning to a nice breakfast of oatmeal and orange juice to wake me up a little. We packed our bags and managed to move out of the house completely by 8:00. To our surprise, when we got there, Dennis had claimed a lovely spot for our tent and everything had been set up. We then skied the 5k course once around for a slow warmup. I got in some speeds and was finally ready to race. There was just one thing missing. Dartmouth lost a great skier and student yesterday. He also was a dear friend of myself and my family. He passed away at the Craftsbury marathon after collapsing on the side of the trail as he was reaching the 40k mark. My efforts in the race today were dedicated to Torin. I’ve known him for as long as I can remember, and he was like an older brother to me. He had a lot going for him and I always looked up to him. He was truly an amazing person who was taken from us far too soon. I had my best race of the year today, and I know he was watching me do something that he loved to do. I’ll always remember him, and that one was yours Torin, thank you for all you did for me, and we’ve made memories I will always keep with me forever.
by Colin (photos by Adam)
The moment of silence held over the intercom for Torin reached all of us this morning before the J2’s headed out, Eric and Adam giving us a performance that wasn’t short of incredible. 9th and 1st place, respectively. For us J1’s, the day was cold and uncomfortable, the four of us, Tucker, Sam G., Chris, and I, doomed to an interminable wait of 5 hours before our 10K skate. The course would firm up for us as our race time approached, most of us finally heading off around 45 minutes after the 1st starter. We shared our nervous anticipation with the brave Grade 8’s who stepped forward from BKL to race their first 5K races ever today (Nice!). We raced on what is definitely a hand-me-down course, every bend and hill well broken in by the storming masses of J2’s, women, and men before us.
Adam turned a few heads with his convincing win in the J2/U16 race! Stay tuned for his detailed race report.