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We recently caught up with Tucker Marshall, another recipient of the 2019/2020 SYNC Athlete Fund, to ask him some questions. Check out what Tucker had to say below!
Q: So where did you grow up skiing?
A: Killington Vermont.
Q: What is your favorite discipline and why?
A: Slalom. Because I’m old and still good at it. The other disciplines are scary.
Q: How has this season been going so far? Are you on track for the goals you set out for yourself at the beginning of the season?
A: I am currently 9th in the NorAm standing. My goal is to be top two by the end of the season. So far I have shown the speed to win but have struggled to put two together. Such is the way. After analyzing my performance at Stowe I am looking forward to adjusting my tactics on race day and making up ground on the overall come February.
Q: So where do you see yourself in five years?
A: Oldest guy on the World Cup.
Q: What is one fun fact that many friends, teammates, and coaches don't know about you?
A: I have a finsta for my writing that no one knows about.
Q: If you could give yourself one piece of advice when you first started racing what would it be?
A: Don’t worry about any singular race that you compete in. If you have a bad one, look forward to the next one, it’s not worth getting upset about no matter how important you this it is at the time.
Q: If you were not a ski racer what sport do you think you would pursue instead?
A: Big mountain skier. Summer sports are so overrated.
Q: Which World Cup race would you want to start in the most?
A: Schladming night slalom.
Q: Can you walk us through your pre-race routine and describe how you mentally prepare?
A: Starts with a warmup before getting my ski stuff on. Dynamic stretching followed by core. Usually taking 5-10 minutes. This usually is a mental trigger for me as well as a physical to get ready. Before I leave the start gate I say some affirmations and then think about how I want to ski and what I want to focus on, usually pretty broad with some tighter focus.
Right now I think broadly of skiing like Marcel, aggressive down the hill with his upper body but also emulate smaller things to activate that. Inclination at the top of the turn, dragging outside foot back, punching and leveling.