It was the opening day of the Dartmouth Winter Carnival. Normally, the focus is strictly on the competition but as Dylan Scott tells us, this was far from a normal day.
With the memory of Torin Tucker on their minds and in their hearts, the Dartmouth Nordic ski team returned to the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, less than a week after the tragic death of their teammate.
"Its been really hard but we've come together as a team and been able to lean on each other for support," Dartmouth skier David Sinclair said.
To the people who knew him best, the 20-year old Tucker was a standout. Not because he was the most talented, but because his character left an impact greater than any one race.
"He was always smiling, we called it the bucket grin," Dartmouth skier Karina Packer said. "Whatever was happening, he was always happy and being positive."
"He was very competitive, he would have really liked to be out here today," Dartmouth skier Silas Talbot said.
These headbands made by the athletic department are just one example of what the team has said has been an outpour of support from the entire Dartmouth community.
"We had this school event and 700 people came." Dartmouth skier Annie Hart said. "We passed around candles and rang the bell 20 times for him, it was the greatest thing I've ever seen."
Last night the Dartmouth team celebrated Torin's life by skiing the final 7k of the race he never completed, a tribute they say has started to help fill a void.
"It was great to be able to go out there, Hart said. "I'm not religious but it's hard not to believe in a higher power with the sun shining on a perfect evening."
"It was important for a lot of people, we got to the loop and finished the race for him," Talbot said.
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