First the Ironman Triathlon, Now the WRO
This may be Paul Torgy's first time competing in the Windshield Repair Olympics (WRO), but it's certainly not his first time participating in a large-scale competition. The 29-year industry veteran of Novus Auto Glass in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, has competed in numerous triathlons over the last 24 years, and last year, he took on the ultimate challengethe Ironman Triathlon.
"I watched the first one years ago and thought, 'those guys are crazy,' and then it kind of calls you," he says.
Torgy set a goal of finishing the competition in 11 of the 12 hours allottedand he finished it in 10. Having trained for two years for that competition, he's no stranger to preparationand now, he's preparing for the Third Annual Walt Gorman Memorial Windshield Repair Olympics.
"I feel like I've been preparing for 29 years," he says. "I do find I'm reviewing the technical things in the manual, cleaning out my tool box a little bit better, and, I hate to say I am practicing on every customer, but basically thinking about the competition as I repair customers' windshields from day to day, and I am reviewing the criteria they judge on."
Torgy was a spectator at last year's WRO, but decided to compete this year. He's definitely ready for the challenge, he says.
"I think sometimes you can get a little lax in the industry, and it's good to have that challenge," Torgy says.
Torgy and his wife, Kim, have been married for 25 years. They have two children, Ashley, 23, and Levi, 17.
In addition to competing in triathlons, in his spare time, Torgy enjoys fly-fishing, golfing and coaching his daughter in softball.
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