February 02. 2014 7:42PM

UPDATED: Dartmouth ski team member dies at Vermont competition

Staff Report

HANOVER  — A member of the Dartmouth College cross-country ski team died Saturday while competing in Vermont, the school’s president announced Saturday.


Torin Tucker, a junior, was competing in a cross-country event at the winter carnival in Craftsbury, Vt., when he collapsed, according to Dartmouth President Philip Hanlon.


Tucker grew up in Sun Valley, Idaho, and attended The Community School during high school, according to a biography on the Dartmouth athletics website.


An exact cause of death was not known Sunday night.


In an email to Dartmouth students, faculty and staff, Hanlon wrote, “It is with great sadness I write to inform you that we have learned of the death of Torin Tucker, ’15, who passed away today while competing in a cross country skiing event in Craftsbury, Vt. Torin was there as a member of Dartmouth’s Ski Team. We have been in contact with his family and share our deepest sympathies with them at this time of heartbreaking loss. Gail’s and my thoughts are with Torin’s family, friends, and the entire Dartmouth community at this time of such a tragic loss.”


Counseling was available for members of the school’s ski team, students and faculty over the weekend, and Hanlon urged anyone needing to speak to a counselor or chaplain to go to Robinson Hall or contact campus Safety and Security at 646-4000 at any hour.


“Please do not hesitate to seek help during this time of grief,” wrote Hanlon.


Calls placed to Dartmouth cross country ski team coach Ruff Patterson seeking comment on Tucker’s death were not returned Sunday night.


A University of Vermont student also died in a separate ski accident at the Sugarbush ski resort in Warren, Vt. Kendra Bowers, 19, a sophomore at the University of Vermont was from Newport, R.I., and skiing with family and friends around 11 a.m. on the Lower Rim Run Trail when she lost control and struck a trail sign, according to a statement from Vermont State Police.


Annie Stevens , vice provost for student affairs at the University of Vermont, sent an email to the UVM community notifying them of Bowers’ death, and offering the school’s condolences to her family and friends.


“Kendra was doing something she loved and was surrounded by friends and family at the time of the accident,” Stevens wrote. “She was an Environmental Sciences major, an active member of the student group Zest A Cappella, and a member of the Health and Wellness Residential Learning Community.”