7. On setting goals and racing on their home turf
Both athletes are from Minnesota, and both have their sights set on the world championship this year, so the St. Paul event—the second of the nine-race championships—holds a special significance.
“My friends and family are all here or have flown in to see me, and even the people I don’t know in the stands who support me hold a lot of significance,” Trunzo says. “I’m trying to focus on winning and becoming the first women’s world champion from the U.S. I was so close the last few seasons, so I’d love to go out there and prove something in that regard. Then, hopefully, I have a few more years of competing.”
Naasz is squarely focused on his third title—but even so, “there’s always more to be done”.
“I’d love to get a three-peat this year and win my third championship, but my goal is always to stay consistent,” he says. “Let’s say I have a really good race and win in St. Paul, but have a few bad races and have to fight back after making bad decisions on those courses. Then, I’m not happy at the end of the day. My goal is to be as consistent as possible, win every heat, and stay mentally focused. If I can do that, that’s what makes me most happy at the end of the day—and that’s ultimately what’ll lead to another world championship.”
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