USST Toko Athlete Sam Morse on What Makes a Champion
At just 20 years old, Morse’s maturity separates him from his peers. And, he’s so very kind. He is one of the most genuine humans this planet has to offer. The future is bright for this one, so make sure to follow him as he moves up the ranks on the Team. We asked Morse our three questions on what he believes makes a champion.
U.S. SKI TEAM: In your words, what makes a champion?
SAM MORSE: A champion wins with passion and loses with grace, and pours their heart, soul and everything they’ve got into a sport.
U.S. SKI TEAM: Do you remember the first time you felt like a champion?
SM: The first time I felt like a champion was racing in Maine, winning the Maine Alpine Racing Association season championship title as a J5. I thought, “Maybe I can really make something out of this whole ski racing thing.” It felt satisfying and propelling.
U.S. SKI TEAM: What is the biggest piece of advice you have for aspiring kids who want to be sitting where you are today?
SM: Give it all you’ve got and find enjoyment in striving for your own goals, rather than for the affirmation of others. Also, the best advice I’ve ever received was, “No one thing will make you the greatest, it is the sum of the parts that make a masterpiece.”
- Fun Facts:
“Moose” is Morse’s childhood nickname, as there are more moose than people where he lives and they’re big, burly animals that are gentle yet very powerful.
- If he could be one inanimate object, he’d be water, because “you get to travel the globe, change physical states and always keep moving.”
- Go-to travel items are a deck of cards and a good book.
- His best friend on the team is fellow east-coaster Drew Duffy (Warren, VT), whom he grew up with racing in the Junior Olympics.
- Morse is a HUGE Boston Red Sox fan, and his non-skiing role model is Jason Varitek, catcher for Boston Red Sox through early-mid 2000s because he’s a man of faith and always worked hard day in and day out.
- Morse is involved with the Winter Special Olympics held at Sugarloaf each January, is a Sugarloaf Area Christian Ministry active church member and a rostered speaker for Camps Farthest Out (CFO) a Christian family camp organization.
Annie Hart: What is a Winter Warrior. Introducing the Toko Winter Warrior collection.
Arctic Split Mitt – for extreme cold weather
Profi – lightweight race
Thermo Plus – cold weather glove
Thermo Plus Biathlon
Thermo Plus Biathlon is the same as the Thermo Plus except it has reinforced seams around a serrated line on the shooting finger in case an athlete wants to cut the shooting finger to allow for a better feel on the trigger. The reinforced seams will prevent the cut from getting bigger and bigger.
Toko glove sponsored elite Cyclocross Rider Becca Fahringer has had a great season so far both domestically and in Belgium in the Super Prestige Cups. Not only is she really fast, but she also writes an entertaining and witty blog. Follow her at gofahr.com
There is snow on the valley floor in St Moritz, site of the Alpine World Championships this winter. For those that are as excited about these events as we are, it’s cool to see!
Why it is important to use a quality detergent on specialty outdoor apparel? This video explains the difference between ECO Textile Wash and supermarket detergents. Find ECO Textile Wash at TokoUS.com and other Toko dealers. (See dealer links at TokoUS.com)
Reese Hanneman = Winter Warrior. Are you?
It is almost winter, most of the peaks are white, the mornings are crisp, we are pumped to be on snow! Here’s a video that will get your adrenaline pumping and will motivate you to get out when the weather is not so inviting. What is a Winter Warrior?
Ski Austria and Toko are ready for winter!
Toko Team Hats
The idea behind Toko Team hats is to offer hats for event organizers and teams or clubs to use our hats as their official hats at a very low price. Here are the options:
We offer you the Toko Team hat for just $9! The front of this hat has been left blank for you to screen or embroider at your local embroidery shop (this is for your to organize).
The lycra hat is at a crazy price of just $11. You can’t miss! Has a microfleece liner. The front of this hat is also blank.
The Sina hat is our most popular hat currently in general (not team sales). It is medium weight. The front of this hat is mostly blank (see Toko logo).
Minimum order is 10 hats. Please submit all team hat orders to Ian@TokoUS.com
Lycra Race Hat White
Lycra Race Hat Black
Sina Hat Red
Sina Hat Blue
Sina Hat Black
Sina Hat White/Pink
Team Hat Neon Green
Team Hat Red
Team Hat Blue
Team Hat Black
The NEW TokoUS.com is now up and running!
One thing that we have noticed is that people have been trying to find Toko products and haven’t been able to easily find them. This especially concerns products such as TF90 Paste Wax, some tuning tools, spray klisters, Toko gloves in various models and colors (such as the new Winter Warrior), start duffels, Care Line products such as Down Wash, etc.
For this reason, we are especially excited to be able to say that every product in every variation is now easily available at TokoUS.com. We have also made a number of brand new short how-to videos that should be a great resource to you!
Of course we have a great many valued dealers who we will continue to support. We work with Quivers which is an order fulfillment system that will enable us to offer orders to our local dealers if they have the product in stock.
Here’s hoping for a great winter!