Tague Thorson will look to make a name for himself on international stage
Jan. 16, 2007
University of Utah freshman alpine skier Tague Thorson left Monday to compete in the World University Games in Torino, Italy. The annual event features the best college athletes from 76 countries in 12 winter sport events including ice hockey, figure skating and downhill skiing. The event will run from Jan. 17th to Jan. 27th.
Thorson will compete in four events, including giant slalom (Jan. 18), slalom (Jan. 20), downhill (Jan. 24), and super GS (Jan. 25). The super GS and downhill races, though non-existent on the college racing circuit, are the two fastest events in ski racing, with racers reaching blistering speeds on longer, faster skis. Gates are also placed further apart, allowing skiers to assume a tuck position for most of the run.
Head Coach Jaka Korencan is confident in his young protégé, who wowed fans at the recent Utah Invitational, winning both the slalom and GS events.
"I'm expecting him to do very well," said Korencan. "He's so talented and dedicated to skiing, he put in a lot of hard work this off-season and it's definitely showing. He's proved that he's not only an extremely fast skier, but an extremely smart one."
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