Anticipation has been building all week as athletes wait to see if they will be selected to represent team USA in the 2014 Olympics. Tuesday a Bridger Ski Foundation athlete found out he was one of the chosen few going to Sochi.
BSF's Torin Koos has been named to the U.S. Cross Country Ski team. Torin woke up to the news, not in the U.S., but in Switzerland.
"I just came over to Europe 3 days ago, so I woke up at 5:30 in the morning and thought maybe there might be a message for me about the Olympics," said Koos. "I checked my mail and saw that I got the go ahead to go to Sochi. I'm really looking forward to representing the USA once again."
Koos' BSF coach, Dragan Danevski, had trouble sleeping last night as he eagerly awaited the news from his student.
"I didn't sleep either last night," said Danevski. "First because I was too nervous what was going to happen. After that I was to excited to go and sleep!"
This will be Koos' 4th trip to the Olympics. Most recently Koos took the Freestyle Sprint title at the 2014 U.S. Cross-Country Championships, in Soldier Hollow, Utah this January.
Torin became a BSF member in 2011, following the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver. Now with his sights set on Sochi, he has his goals set as to what he would like to accomplish this time around.
"I really hope that I can make the final and fight with the final top six guys," Koos said. "I just try to go in there relaxed and low-shouldered and really just do what i can do and I'll be satisfied with it."
His coach thinks he has the potential to reach the Olympic podium.
"I think he definitely has abilities to be among the best," said Danevski. "I would not be coach if i don't believe that Torin can be on the podium because he has that in himself."
Torin now joins Bradley Wilson, Heather McPhie and Maggie Voisin as the Montana athletes competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics.