The Team


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.

Women's Nordic

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.

Women's Alpine

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.

Men's Nordic

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.

Men's Alpine

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.


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Team Facilities

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

Spence Eccles Ski Team Building

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Competition and Training Venues

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Sorenson High Performance Center

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Burbidge Academics Center

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Director of Skiing

Fredrik Landstedt

f.landstedt@utah.edu

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.

Coaches

Miles Havlick

Head Nordic Coach

miles.havlick@utah.edu

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

Head Alpine Coach

jjohnson@huntsman.utah.edu

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.

Jeremy Elliot

Assistant Alpine Coach

jelliot@huntsman.utah.edu

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.

1981 NCAA Champions

Tradition

Over the past 11 years, Utah skiing has claimed the 2019 and 2017 national titles, three second-place finishes and two third-place finishes at the NCAA Championships.

Utah's 12 NCAA championships rank third all-time. The Utes also won an AIAW title in 1978, bringing their total of national titles to 13.

Utah has won at least one individual title in the last 10 NCAA meets, bringing its total to 76 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

Julia Richter won the NCAA title in the women's 5-km freestyle as a freshman in 2019.

Martin Bergström won three NCAA championships over a two-year period, capturing the 10-km classic and 20-km freestyle in 2017 and repeating in the classic in 2018, to become the most decorated Nordic skier in school history.

Seven Utes have won multiple NCAA championships in the last 14 years: Martin Bergström (10-km classic twice 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 five 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).

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.

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.

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).

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

Christl Hager is the only athlete to win the same event three times in Utah history, which also ties the national record. She won the giant slalom in 1994, '95 and '97.

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
2018 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
2019 Julia Richter

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
2019 1st
2018 4th
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.


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