Hail to the Champions!



Utah won its 11th NCAA crown and its 12th national title all-time by overcoming a 34.5-point deficit the final day of the 2017 NCAA Skiing Championships. The Utes finished with 541.5 points, racing past Denver (525) and Colorado (524).

The Utes' Nordic teams put them over the top. Martin Bergström won his second NCAA title of the meet on the final day in the 20-km freestyle, leading the Ute men to a race-high 84 points. Martin Mikkelson and Kevin Bolger came in eighth and 10th, respectively. Bergström, who was named the 2017 RMISA Athlete of the Year, also won the 10-km classic two days earlier with Mikkelson taking the bronze.

In the women's 15-km freestyle race, Utah was the only team with all three racers in the top 14. Leading the way were Merete Myrseth, who crossed the finish line fifth, and Guro Jordheim, who was sixth. Both skiers claimed two All-America citations at championships as Myrseth won the silver and Jordheim came in fifth in the women's 5-km classic race.

In the alpine events, Roni Remme earned All-America status twice by placing third in the women's giant slalom and eighth in the slalom. Chole Fausa finished eighth in the GS to become a four-time All-American in the event.

Sam Dupratt was the runner-up in the men's GS while Joergen Brath placed eighth for his second career All-America honor. Endre Bjertness was an All-American in the slalom by coming in fifth.

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Spence Eccles Ski Team Building

Here's a video tour of the new state-of-the-art Spence Eccles Ski Team Building.



The Utes had the grand opening of the Spence Eccles Ski Team Building on April 26.

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Director of Skiing

Kevin Sweeney

ksweeney@huntsman.utah.edu

The Ute ski program experienced a banner year in all facets under Kevin Sweeney in 2017. Utah claimed its 11th NCAA title and its 12th national championship all-time in March, then held the grand opening for its state-of-the-art Spence Eccles Ski Team Building in April.

Utah has claimed two NCAA titles in 13 seasons under Sweeney's direction, the first coming in 2003. The Utes have also finished second at the NCAA meet four times under his leadership. Utah athletes have won 19 national titles and 62 have earned All-America honors under Sweeney's guidance.

Utah won the NCAA West Regional/RMISA Championship in 2012, '14, '16 and '17, and finished as the runner-up in 2011, '13 and '15. The Utes were awarded the RMISA regular-season title in 2011, '12 and '16.

Sweeney has completed seven seasons in his second stint leading the program. His first stretch as the Director of Skiing ran from 2000-05. Sweeney first became an assistant coach with the Utah ski program in 1991 and served in that role before being elevated to Director of Skiing in 2000. Sweeney served as the National Director of Competition for Swix Sport USA from 2005 until returning to the U. in 2010.

Sweeney skied collegiately at New Hampshire and represented the U.S. Ski Team in World Cup competition at Mountain Dell, Utah, and Biwabik, Minn. He graduated from UNH cum laude in 1985. Sweeney is married to Barbro Hatlevik and they have two daughters, Selma Simone and Leona Lee.

Coaches

Jaka Korencan

Head Alpine Coach

jkorencan@huntsman.utah.edu

Jaka Korencan has spent 12 seasons as the head alpine coach at Utah. He is in his 17th year overall with the Utes after beginning as an assistant in 2001. His athletes have won 10 individual NCAA titles and 32 skiers have earned All-America honors. Most recently, Julie Mohagen won the women's slalom and Endre Bjertness claimed the men's giant slalom in 2016.

Korencan was the RMISA's Alpine Coach of the Year in 2012. He helped lead Utah to the 2003 NCAA title. A native of Slovenia, Korencan earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Utah in 2004, and in 2007 he completed a master's degree in sport psychology.

Abi Holt

Head Nordic Coach

aholt@huntsman.utah.edu

In seven seasons at Utah, Abi Holt has coached 18 athletes to All-America honors. Four skiers have combined for seven national titles under her direction: Miles Havlick (2012 20-km classical and 2013 20-km freestyle), Maria Graefnings (2011 and 2012 5-km freestyle), Veronika Mayerhofer (2015 5-km freestyle), Martin Bergström (2017 10-km classic and 20-km freestyle). Holt was honored as the 2017 RMISA Nordic Coach of the Year.

Holt previously coached at the Hollyburn Ski Club in Vancouver, B.C., and spent five years as the Assistant Nordic Program Director and Ski Coach at the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation. She coached four winters in Europe with the U.S. Ski Team.

Holt was a three-time national junior champion for the Sun Valley Nordic ski team. She was on the U.S. National Junior Development ski team for five years and spent four years racing at Dartmouth, earning All-America honors in addition to being a two-time team captain.

Jeremy Elliot

Assistant Alpine Coach

jelliot@huntsman.utah.edu

Former Utah All-American Jeremy Elliot has spent two seasons as assistant alpine coach at his alma mater. He helped coach Julie Mohagen (women's slalom) and Endre Bjertness (men's giant slalom) to NCAA titles in 2016. Four others have earned All-America honors.

Elliot skied two years at Utah (2011, '13) and earned All-America honors in the giant slalom with a second-place finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships. After overcoming three injuries during his college career, Elliot earned Utah's David Allen Novelle Outstanding Skier Award as a senior.

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 degree in communication.

1981 NCAA Champions

Tradition

Over the past seven years, Utah skiing has claimed the 2017 national title, three second-place finishes and two third-place finishes at the NCAA Championships.

Utah's 11 NCAA championships rank third all-time. The Utes also won an AIAW title in 1978, bringing their total of national titles to 12.

Under current head coach Kevin Sweeney, Utah has won two national titles (2003 and 2017) and has finished as the runner-up four times.

Utah has claimed won at least one individual title in the last eight NCAA meets, bringing its total to 74 to rank third all-time.

Utah owns the NCAA record for the most individual championships by one school in a season with four Utes combining to win five titles in 1995.

Christl Hager

Utah's Greatest

The Utes have six two-time NCAA champions in 13 seasons head coach Kevin Sweeney: Martin Bergström (10-km classic and 20-km freestyle), Miles Havlick (20-km classical and 20-km freestyle), Maria Graefnings (5-km freestyle), Henning Dybendal (10-km free and 20-km classic), Katrin Smigun (5-km freestyle and 15-km classic) and Ben Thornhill (giant slalom).

Two NCAA men's giant slalom champions in the last four years: Endre Bjertness (2016) and Mark Engel (2014).

Two women's alpine national champions this decade: Julie Mohagen (2016 giant slalom) and Eva Huckova (2010 giant slalom).

Veronika Mayerhofer was the 2015 NCAA Champion in the 5-km freestyle. Utah has had five women combine for eight Nordic national titles in its history.

Nick Cohee finished third in the giant slalom at the 2015 U.S. Alpine Championships.

Mark Engel, the 2014 NCAA giant slalom champion, was selected to the U.S. Ski team.

Torin Koos is a four-time U.S. Olympian in cross country skiing (2002, '06, '10, '14). Other recent Olympians include biathlete Annelies Cook (United States – 2014), alpine skiers Chirine Njeim (Lebanon – 2002, '06, '10) and Dominic Demschar (Australia – 2014), and Nordic skier Veronika Mayerhofer (Austria – 2014).

Christl Hager is the only three-time repeat champion in Utah history, which also ties the national record. She won the giant slalom in 1994, '95 and '97.

Kathy Kreiner won an Olympic gold medal in the giant slalom for Canada in 1976.

A two-time Olympian, Luke Bodensteiner (1992, '94) currently serves as the Executive Vice President for Athletics for the United States Ski Association.

Marvin Melville won three individual titles in 1959 (downhill, slalom and alpine) tying for the most in one year in NCAA history.

National Champions | Men

10-Kilometer Freestyle

Year  Name
1995 Havard Solbakken
1999 Rune Kollerud
2004 Henning Dybendel

20-Kilometer Freestyle

Year  Name
2013 Miles Havlick
2017 Martin Bergström

10-Kilometer Classical

Year  Name
1989 Hans Sjulstad
1990 Luke Bodensteiner
1993 Luke Bodensteiner
1994 Havard Solbakken
2017 Martin Bergström

20-Kilometer Classical

Year  Name
1995 Thomas Weman
2004 Henning Dybendal
2007 Snorri Einarsson
2012 Miles Havlick

Slalom

Year  Name
1959 Marvin Melville
1962 Jim Gaddis
1979 Per Nicolaysen
1981 Scott Hoffman
1985 Jeff Durtschi
1993 Mark Bonnell
1994 L.-Francois Gagnon
2001 Jernej Bukovec

Giant Slalom

Year  Name
1996 Andrew Hare
2003 Ben Thornhill
2004 Ben Thornhill
2006 Scott Veenis
2014 Mark Engel
2016 Endre Bjertness

Alpine

Year  Name
1959 Marvin Melville
1960 Jim Gaddis
1962 Jim Gaddis

Nordic

Year  Name
1965 Matz Jenssen
1966 Frithjof Prydz
1967 Matz Jenssen

Cross Country

Year  Name
1979 Svein Arne Osen
1981 Bernt Lund
1984 John Aalberg
1985 John Aalberg
1986 H.-Martin Sjulstad
1987 Asmund Drivenes

Cross Country Relay

Year  Name
1984 Utah
1986 Utah
1987 Utah

Downhill

Year  Name
1959 Marvin Melville

Jumping

Year  Name
1964 Frithjof Prydz
1966 Frithjof Prydz
1967 Bjorn Loken
1976 Kip Sundgaard
1977 Ron Steele

Skimeister

Year  Name
1967 Matz Jenssen

Jim Gaddis

National Champions | Women

5-Kilometer Freestyle

Year  Name
1995 Heidi Selnes
2003 Katrin Smigun
2011 Maria Graefnings
2012 Maria Graefnings
2015 Veronika Mayerhofer

15-Kilometer Classical

Year  Name
1992 Kristin Vestgren
1995 Heidi Selnes
2003 Katrin Smigun

Slalom

Year  Name
1984 Bente Dahlum
1990 Anke Friedrich
1992 Katja Lesjak
2001 Petra Svet
2003 Lina Johansson
2016 Julie Mohagen

Giant Slalom

Year  Name
1983 Kathy Kreiner
1984 Bente Dahlum
1987 Vibeke Hoff
1989 Anke Friedrich
1990 Anke Friedrich
1993 Karianne Eriksen
1994 Christl Hager
1995 Christl Hager
1997 Christl Hager
2010 Eva Huckova

Bente Dahlum

Olympians

United States

Name Years
John Aalberg 1992, '94
Luke Bodensteiner 1992, '94
Annelies Cook 2014
Corey Engen 1948
Jon Steven Engen 1988, '92, '94
John Farra 1992
Dev Jennings 1948
Kristina Joder 2002
Peter Karns 1972, '76 (Coach)
Terry Kern 1976
Torin Koos 2002, '06, '10, '14
Margo Walters McDonald 1964
Marvin Melville 1956, '60, '64 (Asst. Coach)
Dick Mitchell 1956
Dick Movitz 1948
Jim Murphy 1952
Marcus Nash 1994, '98
William Allen Spencer 1964, '68; '72 and '84 (Team Leader)
Ron Steele 1972
Kip G. Sundgaard 1976
Sandra Van Ert 1998, 2002
Scott Veenis 2014 (Asst. Coach)
Justin Wadsworth 1994, '98, '02
Ralph Wakley 1968
Anne Jeanette Winn 1948

International

Name Years
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

Frithjof Prydz was a member of the 1972 Olympic team for Norway and a three-time NCAA champion in the jumping and Nordic events.

Ron Steele

National Team Finishes

Year Combined
2017 1st
2016 3rd
2015 3rd
2014 5th
2013 2nd
2012 2nd
2011 2nd
2010 4th
2009 6th
2008 3rd
2007 4th
2006 8th
2005 3rd
2004 2nd
2003 1st
2002 3rd
2001 4th
2000 4th
1999 4th
1998 2nd
1997 1st
1996 1st
1995 2nd
1994 2nd
1993 1st
1992 3rd
1991 3rd
1990 2nd
1989 2nd
1988 1st
1987 1st
1986 1st
1985 2nd
1984 1st
1983 1st

Year Mens Women
1982 3rd 3rd
1981 1st 4th
1980 2nd 4th
1979 2nd 2nd
1978 5th 1st
1977 5th 2nd
1976 5th 2nd
1975 6th -
1974 12th -
1972 16th
1971 8th -
1967 4th -
1966 5th -
1965 2nd -
1959 4th -
1957 6th -
1956 7th -
1955 7th -
1954 6th -

* The NCAA began sponsoring a combined championship in 1983 following the discontinuation of the AIAW.


Torin Koos

Team Facilities


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