REFRESH FRIDAY: TADEJ TRDINA
Tadej Trdina was born on February 27th in the winter of 1983, in Slovenia. Winter turned out to be the word that runs through his life like a common thread.He started his career as a ski racer , in the picture below you see him on training camp in Zermatt with his teammates of the National Slovenian Team.
Tadej skied in the disciplines slalom, giant slalom, super-G and downhill and he won 8 medals in the Slovenian National Championships U21. But Tadej is one of those athletes that is interested in different disciplines: he also started competing in the spectacular ski cross.
In that discipline he skied World Cup races in the national team of Slovenia. He debuted in the World Cup in Saas Fee on November 23th in2003, had his best season in 2007 and did his last race in 2008. He and the other athletes of his team were training very hard in a special program, because the goal was to go to the Olympics of 2010. Unfortunately the money stopped them from reaching that goal; their national ski association had financial problems and dreams came to and end…
Nowadays Tadej is a succesful trainer of skiracers. For instance he was the coach of Rebeka Oblak and Martin Krizaj. Rebeka was 2nd in EYOF (European Youth Olympic Festival) in 2019. Both skiers are in the Slovenian national team now. Tadej also works as a ski cross coach for the Slovenian national team and as an alpine coach for Hong Kong.
But it’s not only coaching where his interest lies. He also was ski technician of Ula Hafner, who was a 2 times winner of Topolino (unofficial world championships U16), and a ski technician for the national teams of Slovenia, Canada and China. This man really is a centipede because, maybe as logical consequence of his jobs, he now also develops ski-waxes for his company Rocketskiwax. A very interesting athlete and human being, with, as we like to say at Snowplanners: the real white dna. What we mean by that? Passion for snow in all its aspects! Maybe he is not an icon in the usual way of talking, but Team Spitze thinks we may call him a true icon of winter!