In an effort to showcase the North Americans competing at this week’s International Ski Federation (FIS) 2018 Nordic Junior/U23 World Championships in Goms, Switzerland, we asked those qualifying athletes several questions about themselves — actually, we had them fill in the blanks. Here we have 21-year-old Ian Torchia, of Northern Michigan University (NMU) and the U.S. Ski Team D-team, who’s representing the U.S. at his first U23 Worlds.
“My full name is Ian Michael Torchia, but you can call me Torch.
I was born and raised in Rochester, Minnesota, and I learned to ski at Eastwood Golf Course.
I spent the time between U.S. nationals and Junior/U23 Worlds skiing and sleeping.
The dumbest workout I did in the last training year to prepare for this was a 6 hour OD with me, myself, and I.
This is my first time in Switzerland and third time racing internationally, and so far it’s been A1.
One difference I’ve noticed between Switzerland and the U.S. is lack of directions.
Skiing and racing in the Alps is beautiful. Usually racing at altitude is great for me because I’m a small guy. There are huge mountains around where I live (Marquette Mountain, Sugarloaf, Hogsback).
One of the things I’m most excited about for Junior/U23 Worlds in Goms is racing Russians.
One race I’m especially targeting there is 30 k skiathlon.
I really hope I can chat/make friends with someone from USA and ask them to steal Zak Ketterson’s white noise machine so I can sleep in silent peace.
My favorite thing at the breakfast where we are staying is granola, also for lunch and dinner.
Fondue is unavailable. The cheese here is Le Gruyere. And the chocolate is for my girlfriend.
If I had a totally free day here and didn’t have to worry about race fitness or training, I’d spend it crust cruising with Bernie Nelson.
The best way to follow me on social media is on Instagram @fullytorched.”