Category Archives: Skiing

Part 2: Eight Pioneers Headed to 2022 Beijing Olympic Games

At least eight athletes who wear (or who have worn) the Crimson and Gold of the University of Denver Pioneers have been named to participate in the 2022 Beijing Olympic Winter Games by their respective Olympic Teams, slated to begin in China in February.  Part II of this two-part series, below, profiles four more DU alumni skiers headed to Beijing — three who have been named to the Canadian ski team (Amelia Smart, Trevor Philp and Erik Read) and DU skiing alumna Andrea Komšić, who will ski for Croatia in her third Olympic Games. Part I profiled the two DU athletes who are slated to represent Team USA – Current DU student and DU ski team athlete Katie Hansien and DU hockey alumnus Nick Shore, as well as DU hockey alumnus Juho Olkinoura and Pioneer alumna Nordic skier Jasmi Joensuu, who will both represent Team Finland. Continue reading Part 2: Eight Pioneers Headed to 2022 Beijing Olympic Games

Eight Pioneers Headed to 2022 Beijing Olympic Games – Part 1

At least eight current or past University of Denver athletes have been named to national teams participating in the 2022 Beijing Olympic Winter Games, scheduled to begin in February. Two DU athletes are slated to represent Team USA – current DU ski team member Katie Hensien and DU hockey alumnus Nick Shore. Additionally, DU hockey alumnus Juho Olkinoura and cross-country ski alumna Jasmi Joensuu will represent Team Finland; three DU skiing alumni have been named to the Canadian ski team (Amelia Smart, Trevor Philp and Erik Read); and skiing alumna Andrea Komšić will ski for Croatia. This group of eight athletes is the largest contingent of Pioneers to go the same Olympic Games since 10 Pioneers participated in the 1972 Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan.

This story (Part I) outlines the careers of the first four athletes (Hensien, Shore, Olkinoura and Joensuu) while Part II will follow soon and will highlight DU’s Canadian ski contingent of three athletes and Komšić. Continue reading Eight Pioneers Headed to 2022 Beijing Olympic Games – Part 1

DU Athletic Hall of Fame Inductions Slated for October 15th

Registration is still open for this year’s Denver Athletics Hall of Fame awards dinner to be held Friday, October 15th, 6-9 pm MT ahead of the Hall of Fame hockey game against Air Force on Saturday at Magness Arena. Originally scheduled for last year, but postponed due to COVID-19, this year’s induction class is one of the most impressive groups of athletic alumni ever assembled at DU. Continue reading DU Athletic Hall of Fame Inductions Slated for October 15th

Denver Athletics Fills Six Head Coach Openings

At the conclusion of the 2020-2021 academic year, Denver had coaching openings in skiing (Nordic and Alpine), men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s golf. The announced hiring of DU’s new women’s golf coach – Martha Richards – yesterday filled Denver’s final open position. Continue reading Denver Athletics Fills Six Head Coach Openings

Which Program has the Best Chance at Winning DU’s 34th National Title?

It was 2018 when Denver skiing won their 24th national NCAA title. Denver hockey secured their 8th title during the 2016-2017 season. In 2015, head coach Bill Tierney led Denver to its first men’s lacrosse NCAA championship. By recent DU standards, a three-year championship drought is too long and it begs the question of which team will win the athletic department’s next national title and when?

Let’s take a look. Continue reading Which Program has the Best Chance at Winning DU’s 34th National Title?

Denver Athletics Concludes 2020-2021 Season

Denver Men’s Golf made a final day charge but their over-par performance on the final few holes caused them to fall to sixth out of 13 teams at the 2021 NCAA Cle Elum Regional. Just the top five teams advance to nationals out of each regional and Denver fell just short of fifth-place Florida. It would have been historic for men’s golf to appear in the NCAA championships, a drought that has extended for over 61 years. Only three individual athletes remain in the NCAA playoffs. DU Women’s golfer Anna Zanusso is left as an individual athlete competing May 21st-23rd at the NCAA Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. Anna Reidmiller from Women’s Tennis and James Davis from Men’s Tennis are in the NCAA Tennis Championships May 23rd-28th in Orlando, Florida.

Continue reading Denver Athletics Concludes 2020-2021 Season

#1Day4DU – Spotlight on Women’s Athletics

It is #1Day4DU again and time to consider an annual gift to the University of Denver and, especially, any number of our successful women’s athletic programs. Head volleyball coach Tom Hogan sums it up best: “Our entire athletic department is still recovering from the financial losses we incurred during the COVID year, and every team has been impacted in one way or another through reduced budgets. It’s critical to our long-term competitiveness that we get back our financial footing, so that we can compete with top tier division one programs, and provide an amazing experience for our student-athletes.” Continue reading #1Day4DU – Spotlight on Women’s Athletics

Wintry Weekend Update: Games Played & Postponed

Some games were played this past weekend while others were canceled or postponed as a heavy, wet spring storm rolled into Denver. The men’s lacrosse game against #4 Georgetown on Saturday at Peter Barton Stadium was moved to tomorrow afternoon. Women’s volleyball took to the court Friday evening at Hamilton Gym against South Dakota but their second match, scheduled for Saturday, was postponed. Men’s soccer against Omaha on the road was postponed. Women’s Tennis in Macomb, Illinois was postponed. Continue reading Wintry Weekend Update: Games Played & Postponed

Denver Finishes Third at NCAA Skiing Championships

Tim Healy is a regular contributor to LetsGoDU on collegiate skiing

Nordic Freestyle concluded the final day of the NCAA Skiing Championships at Jackson Nordic Center. While DU did not win their 25th National Team Championship, they did come home with one individual national championship and nine All-American designations. Denver finished the NCAA’s in 3rd place for the overall NCAA Team Championship, trailing Champion Utah and Colorado for the title. Denver was the top alpine scoring team in the championships. Continue reading Denver Finishes Third at NCAA Skiing Championships