Category Archives: Skiing

Business Continues During Shutdown of Athletics

  • David Carle has completed his incoming freshman class – and still no official word as to whether Ian Mitchell will be departing before his senior season, though it is still all but a given that he will sign with the Chicago Blackhawks. The incoming class includes two 2019 NHL Draftees in D Antti Tuomisto, Assat U20 (Finland) 2nd round pick (35th overall) of the Detroit Red Wings and F McKade Webster, Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) 7th round draft pick (213 overall) of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The remaining three members are F Connor Caponi, Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL) from Brookfield, Wisconsin,¬† D Reid Irwin, Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL), from Victoria, B.C, and D Josh Luedtke, Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) from Minnetonka, MN. We will have more on this incoming class later this year in our annual season preview.

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And now, some good news: spring athletes to be granted extra year of eligibility, per reports

The last two days have felt like a decade. Every five minutes, the news cycle delivered a new body blow and the bad news flowed flowing like the dang Colorado River. On Wednesday afternoon, the NCAA delivered the news that fans would not be permitted to attend any winter sports championships including March Madness and the NCAA Hockey Tournament. This news, of course, was followed up by the NBA suspending its season Wednesday night after Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz tested positive for the coronavirus, better known to some as COVID-19. And that was just Wednesday. Continue reading And now, some good news: spring athletes to be granted extra year of eligibility, per reports

DU Ski Team Quest for Championship #25 Ends with NCAA Cancellation

Tim Healy is a regular contributor to LetsGoDU on collegiate skiing.

Denver Skiing exited Day 2 of the NCAA championships in a two-horse race in Bozeman, Montana. Denver fell behind the University of Utah following today’s men’s and women’s freestyle events. With two days remaining and several of Denver’s strongest events remaining, the NCAA pulled the plug with a nationwide cancellation of NCAA events due to the Coronavirus. Continue reading DU Ski Team Quest for Championship #25 Ends with NCAA Cancellation

DU Surges to Team Lead on Day 1 of NCAA Skiing Championships

Tim Healy is a regular contributor to LetsGoDU on collegiate skiing.

Day 1 featured men’s and women’s Giant Slalom at Bridger Bown in Bozeman, Montana. Denver swept the top spot on the podium as Tobias Kogler surged from second place on his first run to the top of the podium on his final run of the day. On the women’s side, Storm Klomhaus lapped the field by .62 seconds on her two runs to take first place on the day. Continue reading DU Surges to Team Lead on Day 1 of NCAA Skiing Championships

Denver Ski Team Poised for 25th National Championship Run

Tim Healy is a regular contributor to LetsGoDU on collegiate skiing.

No team at DU toils in more anonymity, yet has had more successful results than Denver Skiing. This year is no exception as Denver athletes compete on faraway slopes and trails in sports that are challenging for spectators to watch or even understand how competitive their team is for that given season. This is especially true in the Nordic events where skiers (like runners or sprinters) use NCAA regular-season races to secure qualifying times or use them merely as training exercises in order to peak for the national championships. And wax selection and team strategy figures in outcomes as well. Never was that clearer than several years ago when Denver dominated Utah in the Rocky Mountain Region Championships and was dusted 10 days later by Utes at Nationals. Continue reading Denver Ski Team Poised for 25th National Championship Run

Roller Coaster Weekend for DU Athletics and Fans

The past weekend was bookended by a premier lacrosse showdown between #8 DU and #11 Duke at a sold-out Peter Barton Stadium and #5 Denver Gymnastics performing in front of  5,500 fans in Magness Arena. If athletics are ‘the front porch’ of a university, Denver was just a few heads short of a visit from the fire marshall. Continue reading Roller Coaster Weekend for DU Athletics and Fans

Coach George Gwozdecky Headlines DU’s 2020 Hall of Fame Class Induction Event

DU has formally announced its 2020 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees.

The ceremony will feature a return to campus by hockey head coach George Gwozdecky, one of Denver’s greatest coaches, who led DU to a pair of national championships, multiple NCAA appearances and an imposing 443-267-64 record in 19 years with the Pioneers between 1994 and 2013. The evening is sure to be a special one as ‘Coach Gwoz’ finally gets some of the eternal recognition that he so richly deserves as a legend in the Pioneer family. Continue reading Coach George Gwozdecky Headlines DU’s 2020 Hall of Fame Class Induction Event

University of Denver Athletics’ Decade in Review: Top 10 Moments of the Decade

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Top Moment of the Decade: DU’s 2015 NCAA Lacrosse Championship transcended DU – it was a watershed moment in the history of lacrosse in America as this victory moved it from an eastern game to a national game.

In 2010, when the decade began, the University of Denver was known primarily as a hockey school, supplemented by many NCAA ski titles. Continue reading University of Denver Athletics’ Decade in Review: Top 10 Moments of the Decade

NCAA Championships Day 4: Denver’s Jett Seymour wins Slalom National Championship

Photo: Courtesy of Denver AthleticsNational Champion Jett Seymour

The Denver Alpine team took to the slopes on the final day of the NCAA Skiing Championships in Stowe, Vermont. While the Pioneers did not repeat as team champions, a DU sophomore won an individual NCAA championship.

On the men’s side, DU sophomore Jett Seymour became a national champion and All-American with a first-place finish in the men’s slalom Saturday morning.

On the women’s side, Denver had another strong Alpine performance as Andrea Komsic finished 6th and Amelia Smart finished 4th in slalom. Both are now  All-Americans. Continue reading NCAA Championships Day 4: Denver’s Jett Seymour wins Slalom National Championship

NCAA Championships Day 3: Pioneers fade in Nordic Classical

Photo: Courtesy of DenverPioneers.com

The Pioneers continued their recent trend of every-other-year wins. And, Denver is usually not at their best when out East. It has never been more true than Friday when the Nordic team experienced another bad day.

Denver’s hopes for a repeat national championship were all but dashed in Stowe, Vermont Friday when the Pioneers struggled at the men’s (20k) and women’s (15k) Classical events. Denver needed to hold serve or make a little bit of progress but neither happened this morning. Continue reading NCAA Championships Day 3: Pioneers fade in Nordic Classical