Andrew XGames Newell
Hometown: Shaftsbury VT
Personal Coach: Chris Grover
What about the snowboard concussion story?
Yeah… I was snowboarding with Foster and some guys two days after I got back from Japan spring World Cups. Apparently I went big off the knoll and whacked my noggin pretty good. I woke up in the hospital. I still don’t remember going to the mountain or anything that happened that day. It was funny – I guess I was talking to Foster and saying things like “Where are we?” I thought I was still in Europe.
What’s something about sprint racing people might not know? Why do you do it?
I like sprint racing because the more I do it, and the more we train for sprinting, the more fun it gets. There are so many things that go into a sprint race – tactics, speed, skis, weather – and no course is the same, so it’s like getting something different each World Cup.
What about racing Sprint Relays?
Doing a sprint relay has got to be the most painful thing on skis. It’s a true sufferfest. But its exciting too. Any kind of head to head racing is a lot of fun to me.
Torin Koos is a member of the National A Team for the United States. A World Cup, World Championship and Olympic competitor, Koos brings this experience to the FasterSkier sportscasting arena for the 2006/2007 season.
Equipment: Rossignol Skis, Boots and Bindings, Toko gloves and wax, Marwe, Exel poles, Rudy Project Eyewear, Powerbar
Home Ski Club: Leavenworth Winter Sports Club ( www.skileavenworth.com )
Headgear Sponsor: USA Pears ( www.usapears.com )
Best Western Icicle Inn ( www.icicleinn.com )
BioSports NorthWest Physical Therapy ( www.biosports.net )