Action County: John Taylor |

Action County: John Taylor

Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk

Sixty-five years after learning how to ski, John Taylor is about to make his second appearance in the Masters World Cup of cross country skiing.Taylor is one of five Summit County residents that will compete in this year’s competition, which is being hosted by the World Masters Cross Country Ski Association. The Masters World Cup will take place in Brusson, Italy, the week before the Turin Olympics.Also competing from Summit will be Pat Taylor (John’s wife), Marty Richardson, and Hans and Mary Jane Wurster. The Summit contingent will join more than 1,000 athletes, ages 30 and up, from around the world. Taylor also competed in the 2003 Masters World Cup in Lillehammer, Norway, where he had a memorable encounter with Lillehammer’s Olympic stadium.

“It was exhilarating to say the least,” Taylor said. “As I came in to the stadium to finish the race, they announced my name and put it up on the big board in lights. It was just like a mini-Olympic event. It was quite spectacular.”During his week in Brusson, Taylor will compete in three skate ski events: a 10K, a 15K and a 30K. The New York native has prepared for the games by practicing at the Frisco Nordic Center and competing in various Colorado races throughout the season.The Taylors, who have five daughters, moved to Silverthorne 13 years ago from Michigan. They met each other while attending St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.Do you have a history of competing athletically?

“After you retire, you say to yourself, ‘There are certain things that I missed during life and now here’s an opportunity to go and do some of them.’ ” Have you altered your training regimen to prepare for the Masters World Cup?”No. I think you need to build up (gradually) and you don’t want to overtrain. You’ve got to be careful about that because there is a burnout factor. It’s easy to be retired and say you’ve got to go out every day and go hard, but you’ve got to give the body time to regenerate. That’s something you learn after a while as you get older, you’ve got to take a day off here and there.”

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