Unfortunately, Denver’s Achilles heel surfaced early Saturday morning in the women’s 20k classical event at the Olympic Sports Complex in Lake Placid, NY. Utah (103 points) and Colorado (79 points) tore up the 20K classical course while our Pioneers (25 points) struggled to maintain contact with the leaders. Denver finished 8th as a team in the event and all hopes of a 25th NCAA Team Championship all but evaporated. Continue reading Denver Fades in Final Day of NCAA Skiing Championships
Day 3 of the NCAA Championships featured men’s and women’s slalom at Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort. DU needed a big day to close the gap on Utah and Colorado. It was a mixed bag again for the Pioneers as the Denver women’s side dominated while the DU men struggled. Still, DU shut down the gap to only 11.5 points of leader, Utah. Continue reading Denver Skiing Pulls Within Striking Distance (11.5 points) of Team Top Spot
DU’s ski team is fighting it out at Lake Placid, New York for their 25th NCAA Team Championship. On Wednesday, Denver finished second on the podium for Day 1 of the four day event, trailing only the Colorado Buffalos. However, mixed results on Day 2 sent DU into a precarious 3rd place position. Denver has little margin for error in the final two days of competition.
I never like to report on DU skiing until I have a chance to personally watch the team. I recently made it up to Loveland to watch DU’s Alpine skiers compete at the DU Invitational and learn more about the Nordic team. At this point, it looks like a three-team race between Utah, Colorado, and Denver for the team NCAA Championships in Lake Placid, NY March 8th – 11th. Continue reading Midseason Ski Team Update
For many ski fans, it was an anxious wait today for men’s and women’s freestyle Nordic events to begin at the NCAA Championships. Heading into the final two events, Denver had held their own against the stacked field with eight Top-10 finishes, tied with Vermont and trailing CU (9) and Utah (10). DU basically needed to ‘bunch’ most of their six skiers in the front today, ahead of their rivals, especially Utah, to close the gap further. Unfortunately, it was not Denver’s day at Soldier Hollow Nordic Center. Continue reading Day 3 – Denver’s Quest for #25 Ends at Soldier Hollow Nordic Center
Today was a bluebird day at Park City Mountain Resort for the NCAA Ski Championships. A chilly morning transformed into a sunny day, ten degrees warmer than yesterday, and 30 degrees with no wind. A perfect day for ski racing! Going into men’s and women’s slalom, this had to be ‘moving day’ for third-place Denver to make up ground on second-place Colorado’s (13.0 points) and first-place Utah (37.5 lead). Continue reading Day 2 – Third-Place Denver Still Chasing Utah Heading Into Final Day of NCAA Championships
It was a wild day of racing in Utah today and Denver responded with a solid day to open the 2022 NCAA Championships.
It was 18 degrees and partly sunny at Park City mountain resorts today with 10 to 15 mph winds. Ideal weather, if a bit breezy, for day one. The teams had four events scheduled on the day with men’s and women’s classical as well as giant slalom (GS) events for both the men and women. The home team, Utah, used a dominant women’s 5K classical result to take the overall lead on the day. Continue reading Day 1 – DU Ski Team Digs out of Deep Hole at NCAA Championships
I can’t believe it’s here already – the NCAA Skiing Championships in Park City Mountain Resort in Park City and Soldier Hollow Nordic Center in Midway, Utah. The competition begins tomorrow – Giant Slalom was moved from today to tomorrow due to slope conditions – through March 12th and I expect our Denver Pioneers to be in the thick of it – even though they will be in rival Utah’s territory! Continue reading Denver Begins Quest for 25th Title at Park City
This week saw the start of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. The Denver Pioneers are well represented in multiple sports. The first sport to see a Pioneer in action was Alpine Skiing and the Men’s Super-G on Monday. Denver Alum Trevor Phillip (’15) of Team Canada powered through the challenging course to a top-10 finish. This was Trevor’s 3rd Olympic Games, having competed in Sochi 2014 & PyeongChang 2018 games. We will see Trevor compete again in Men’s Alpine Combined on Wednesday. Continue reading DU Athletes Conquer the ‘Ice River’ at Beijing Olympic Games