August 19, 2019 01:36 PM
(ABC 6 News) - When is the best time to start training for winter sports?
Well according to decorated professional cross country skier, Ian Torchia, "winter skiers are made in the summer."
Torchia is a Rochester native and a Lourdes High School graduate, who is also a member of the US Ski Team.
On Saturday, Torchia gave back to his community by hosting two dryland clinics at Quarry Hill, in association with the Rochester Active Sports Club and the Rochester Nordic Ski Team.
The clinics had their own focus, but both had the same underlying theme: Torchia sharing his knowledge and passion with community skiers.
Ranging in age and ski experience, the diverse group of attendees in the early dryland session took to the trails at Quarry Hill and practiced different ski techniques such as bounding, while also receiving stretching and training tips to prepare for the winter sport.
Following the first session, Torchia shared he had some news from Gamehaven, which gave some insight as to what the future of skiing looks like.
"We've been working on a project for snow making and that's kind of the unfortunate future of skiing, that we need snow making," Torchia explained. "So, that's a real big part of what could be the next generation of skiers in Rochester. I think you see, when snow making came to Minneapolis, a lot of really good skiers came out of there. So, I think we are going to see the same in Rochester."
Currently, Torchia is training in Stratton, VT, but when he comes back to Rochester, he wants to continue hosting these types of clinics. As for what he wants to accomplish next? His goal, and continual motivator, is to bring home a relay medal at the World Championships and the Olympics.
Created: August 19, 2019 01:36 PM
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