US National team sprint member Torin Koos came through and scored World Cup points at the end of last season. Fasterskier.com got a chance to ask him some questions about last season, his sprint mind-set, where and how he finds motivation, training and goals.
Torin, what were your best races last year?
– Last year I was most satisfied with the bookends of my World Cup tour, for their own reasons. Coming into the Royal Palace Sprint in Stockholm (SWE) I had been sick and battling achilles tendonitis. I didn’t know what to expect – it was my first World Cup start since 2001 – but I killed it. Absolutely killed it, except for this tricky 180 degree icy corner. Two-tenths separated ten places. I was twenty-first but more importantly I knew again I could go with the big boys.
– Frustrated doesn’t even describe where I was heading into the World Cup Finals (ITALY). After Stockholm three mediocre races followed. Having to do something is a difficult place to put yourself in, but I just HAD to have a positive end to the season for myself. I don’t know how else to explain it. I was tired of Europe, disappointed and had one last real chance in 2003/2004 and made the most out of it. I finished 18th, 2 Â½ seconds from winning the prologue.
What's your PR in track running events?
400M 50.27 (high school)