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Kirk Thornton

Age: 32

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Wins: 0

Races: 29

Mens World Ranking 2019/2020: 43rd

Mens World Championship 2019/2020: 42nd

Competing Since: Afton Alps 2015

Instagram: @kirk_thorn

About

When did you learn to skate?

-Age 4

Did you play hockey growing up?

-Yes

What other sports did you play growing up?

-Baseball, Soccer, Cross-Country, Figure-skating, Gymnastics, Paintball

 

If you could do anything non-athletic in your spare time, what is it?

-Order pizza

Describe going down an IceCross track for the first time:

-Standing at the start ramp, looking down over what appears to be a cliff the size of the Grand Canyon, made of ice, you begin to question your life-choices up to this point. You grit your teeth, swallow a few thousands times, remember to add a breath in there once or twice so you don’t faint and toss yourself onto the track hoping your instincts have your back one more time. After an exhilarating, tiring, hopefully pain-free 40 seconds, you realize you’re at the bottom, and you think to yourself, “let’s do that again!”

What first got you interested in the sport?
-The spectacle and the grandiosity of the Saint Paul course. I wanted to try it, experience the rush, and master it more than anything.

If there is one piece of advice that you could offer new riders, what would it be?
-If you want to try it, just go for it, and don’t hesitate to ask guys for tips

Who is your favorite sports athlete?

-I don’t have a favorite, but I’m definitely gunning to be yours ;)