The Utah ski program claimed its 12th NCAA Championship and the 13th national title in the program's storied history in 2019. The Utes have also produced 76 individual national champions and 35 Olympians.
It was the Utes' second NCAA title in three years and the first under director of skiing Fredrik Landstedt. Utah claimed victory in dominating fashion with 530.5 points, easily outdistancing Vermont (476), Colorado (455) and Dartmouth (447). It was the 10th-straight year that Utah had at least one individual national champion. The Utes won three of the four regular-season RMISA meets as well as the 2019 RMISA Championship/NCAA West Regional.
Freshman Julia Richter won the NCAA title in the women's 5-km freestyle on the first day of the championships and was the runner-up in the classic. She ended the season with six straight podium finishes. Guro Jordheim finished fifth in the freestyle and fourth in the classic to become a six-time All-American. Karianne Moe finished seventh in the classic for her first All-America citation and 18th in the freestyle.
Junior Roni Remme was the runner-up in both the women's slalom and giant slalom, and is now a five-time All-American for the Utes. She had four podiums this year in her abbreviated NCAA season while also competing in World Cup competition. Eirin Engeset placed eighth in the GS for her first career All-America honor and finished 20th in the slalom. Kristine Aasberg was 16th in the GS 21st in the slalom.
Freshman Maximilian Bie was a two-time All-American by placing third in the classic for his second podium finish of the year and came in eighth in the freestyle. Rookie Ola Jordheim earned his first career All-America honor with a fifth-place run in the classic. It was his sixth top-five finish of the year. Jordheim also finished 13th in the freestyle. Logan Diekmann finished 12th in the freestyle and 13th in the classic.
Senior Mark Engel earned his second career All-America honor with a ninth-place finish in the men's slalom and led the Utes with a 12th-place showing in the GS. Joachim Lien came in 14th in the GS and 15th in the slalom. Addison Dvoracek placed 23rd in the slalom.
Fredrik Landstedt, who has 27 years of collegiate coaching experience, led Utah to the 2019 NCAA Championship in his first year as director of skiing.
The Utes cruised the national title, winning by 54.5 points. Utah also won the RMISA/NCAA West Regional and crowed a national champion in Julia Richter, who won the women's 5-km free style.
Landstedt spent the previous 21 seasons coaching at New Mexico, including 11 years as head coach (2008-18) after working 10 seasons as head Nordic coach.
Landstedt coached seven student-athletes to individual NCAA Championships. Under Landstedt, 34 Nordic skiers and 19 alpine skiers earned All-America honors at UNM since 2008. He has coached with the U.S. Ski Team at Junior and U-23 World Championships events.
Landstedt competed at New Mexico from 1987-89, finishing fourth in men's cross country in 1987 and helping UNM finish third in the men's cross country relay. He finished 11th in cross country in 1988 and was 12th in the 20-km freestyle in 1989. Landstedt began his collegiate coaching career as a Nordic assistant coach at New Mexico while finishing his degree from 1990-91. He also coached the West Valley High School ski team in Fairbanks, Alaska, to two state titles in three seasons (1991-94). While in Alaska, he won the Tour of Anchorage 50-km ski race twice (1993-94). Landstedt was the head Nordic ski coach at Colorado for three years (1995-97).
Landstedt was a top national skier and placed in the top 10 at the U.S. National Championships eight times from 1991-93. Originally from Sollefteå, Sweden, Landstedt and his wife, Brenda, have three sons, Gabriel, Adrian and Andreas, and a daughter, Zara.
Two-time NCAA champion skier Miles Havlick is the head Nordic coach at his alma mater. In his first season in 2019, Havlick developed Julia Richter, who was the NCAA champion in the women's freestyle.
Havlick claimed the 2013 20-km freestyle and the 2012 20-km classical titles with the Utes. He was a seven-time All-American during his four-year career, a three-time Ski Racing Magazine Nordic Collegiate Skier of the Year and the two-time RMISA Men's Nordic MVP.
Following his Utah career, Havlick raced professionally with the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Gold Team. He finished in the top 10 several times at the U.S. National Championships and competed regularly on the U.S. Super Tour and Alpen Cup. Havlick won a World Loppet 42-km freestyle marathon in Australia in 2017.
Havlick recently coached with the Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club and Victorian Junior cross country ski team in Australia in 2017. He worked as an assistant coach and wax technician for the Australian Junior National Team at the World Junior Championships and was a wax technician for the Australian National Team in China in 2018.
The Boulder, Colo., naive periodically volunteered with the Utah ski team, recently as an assistant coach at the 2018 NCAA Championships.
JJ Johnson is in his first season Utah's head alpine coach.
Before joining the Utes, Johnson coached with the U.S. Ski Team. He was an assistant coach with the men's development team (2014-16) before spending two years as head development coach (2016-18). He helped six athletes finish on the podium at the FIS Junior World Ski Championships with Sam Morse (2017) and Erick Arvidsson (2016) both winning world downhill titles.
He first joined the U.S. Ski Team in 2013 as the Western Region Youth Coordinator. Johnson began his coaching career with the Park City Ski Team as an assistant coach from 2010-12, coaching with its FIS and U14 skiers. He did private coaching from 2012-13.
Johnson was a member of the U.S. Ski Team from 1997-99 and 2004-07. He spent three seasons competing on the World Cup circuit (2004-07) and regularly finished in the top 10 at the National Championships, including a third-place finish in the downhill in 2006. Johnson was the 1996 Ski Racing U.S. Junior Alpine Skier of the Year. He competed in ski cross from 2008-10.
Johnson is originally from Park City and currently lives in Wanship, Utah.
Former Utah All-American Jeremy Elliot is in his fourth season as assistant alpine coach.
Elliot has helped coach two skiers to NCAA titles, Julie Mohagen in the slalom (2016) and Endre Bjertness in the giant slalom (2016). He has helped Utah alpine skiers earn 14 All-America honors over the past three seasons. Utah won the NCAA Championship in 2017.
Elliot skied two years at Utah (2011, 2013) and earned All-America honors in the giant slalom with a second-place finish at the NCAA Championships in 2013. He had two wins with eight career podium finishes for the Utes. As a senior, Elliot earned the David Allen Novelle Outstanding Skier Award, given to the top men's alpine skier at Utah. He had to overcome three major injuries throughout his skiing career, including a knee injury that sidelined him in 2012.
After leaving Utah, Elliot raced on the Nor-Am Cup series in 2014 for Team Geronimo. He spent 2015 as an assistant coach at Westminster College.
Elliot graduated from Utah in 2014 with a bachelor of arts in communication. He was a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection in 2013 and a member of the National Collegiate All-Academic Ski Team.
|1979||Svein Arne Osen|
|John Aalberg||1992, '94|
|Luke Bodensteiner||1992, '94|
|Jon Steven Engen||1988, '92, '94|
|Peter Karns||1972, '76 (Coach)|
|Torin Koos||2002, '06, '10, '14|
|Margo Walters McDonald||1964|
|Marvin Melville||1956, '60, '64 (Asst. Coach)|
|Marcus Nash||1994, '98|
|William Allen Spencer||1964, '68; '72 and '84 (Team Leader)|
|Kip G. Sundgaard||1976|
|Sandra Van Ert||1998, 2002|
|Scott Veenis||2014 (Asst. Coach)|
|Justin Wadsworth||1994, '98, '02|
|Anne Jeanette Winn||1948|
|Rowena Bright (Australia)||2002|
|Dominic Demschar (Australia)||2014|
|Toril Forland (Norway)||1972|
|Eva Huckova (Slovakia)||2006|
|Kathy Kreiner (Canada)||1972, '76 (Gold in GS), '80|
|Veronika Mayerhofer (Austria)||2014|
|Chirine Njeim (Lebanon)||2002, '06, '10|
|Fritjof Prydz (Norway)||1972|
* The NCAA began sponsoring a combined championship in 1983 following the discontinuation of the AIAW.