Thomas Turpin of Laconia: Boys’ Alpine athlete of the season

  • Thomas Turpin

Monitor staff
Published: 4/20/2018 11:10:26 PM

Thomas Turpin has grown accustomed to having all eyes on him. When you win as much as he does, there’s not really a choice.

“He’s won both events the last two years,” Laconia Alpine coach Kevin Charleston said of Turpin, a senior for the Sachems who defended both his individual slalom and giant slalom titles during this year’s Division III championships at Mount Sunapee. “He’s gotten comfortable in that area where everyone is looking at him, expecting him to win. But I always look at training and he works super hard. His races are no different than his training days and what happens in those big races is he just relies on that and goes and does it.”

During the D-III state meet, Turpin edged out Belmont’s Nolan Gagnon for first place in the GS race with a two-run time of 1 minute, 6.83 seconds.

The slalom was hardly a competition.

Turpin won the event by almost five seconds at 55.88. His first run clocked in at a speedy 27.74 seconds and his second run nearly matched it at 28.14 seconds.

“In giant slalom, your margin of error in general is just small. In slalom, it’s much smaller,” Charleston said. “The turns are quicker, the gates are coming at you every second and I think he’s just super athletic, very good on his skis and very balanced. I think it goes back to his training. He’s trained a lot in slalom and the hill he raced on for states was pretty similar to Gunstock so that kind of helped a little bit.”

Turpin went on to compete at the Meet of Champions on March 5 at Cannon Mountain where he finished second in the GS at 1:19.03, setting the table for the Eastern High School Alpine Championships where he took sixth overall in the GS and was the fastest New Hampshire finisher in the event.

“In ski racing, one really important thing is having fast kids around and I think one thing Thomas has done for Belmont and Laconia is he’s been a very good example of how to ski fast,” Charleston said. “During training, kids are watching him and I start to see it in the other kids. So not only has he done well for himself, but he’s helped others on the team get better.”

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