Championship Run Continues

Utah won its third straight NCAA Championship and fourth in the past five competitions in front of its home fans at Park City Mountain Resort and Soldier Hollow in early March. It was the program’s 15th national title.

The Utes finished with 578 points, outdistancing second-place Vermont by 66.5 points. Utah’s Nordic teams were dominant, scoring a combined 321.5 points over four events, led by the women’s team, which recorded 102.5 points in the 5K classic and 100 points in the 15K freestyle.

Utah was the first team to lead the NCAA Championships from start to finish since 2011. The Utes were dominant during the RMISA regular season, winning all but one meet and claiming the RMISA Championship.

Nordic

Novie McCabe won the women’s 5K classic, crushing the field by more than 13 seconds. It was her first NCAA title. Sophia Laukli tied for runner-up honors. The duo flipped positions during the 15K freestyle on the final day as Laukli took first place by slightly more than 26 seconds. It was Laukli's first NCAA individual championship and gave her three first team All-America honors for her career.

McCabe, who was named 2022 National Women's Nordic Skier of the Year, raised her tally to four career first team All-America honors. The sophomore from Winthrop, Wash., was part of the U.S. cross-country 4x5km relay team that took sixth at the 2022 Winter Olympics. Laukli, a junior from Yarmouth, Maine, also took part in the Beijing Winter Games, where she placed 15th in the 30K freestyle for Team USA.

Sydney Palmer-Leger tied for sixth place in the 5K and placed eighth in the 15K at nationals. The sophomore from Park City won both NCAA races last year and is now a four-time All-American. She was named 2021 National Nordic Skier of the Year and also was among the Utes in Lygna, Norway in February for the 2022 FIS Junior World Championships.

Junior Samuel Hendry placed second in the men's 20K freestyle to earn his fourth career top-three finish in an NCAA Championships race. His performance, along with a 12th-place finish by graduate student Bjørn Riksaasen and 14th-place by junior Luke Jager, helped the Utes to a second-place team finish in the race, just five points behind team winner Vermont.

Hendry represented Canada in February at the U23 World Championships, where he finished 15th in the 15K classic. Jager competed in the 2022 Winter Olympics, taking the first leg of the eventual ninth-place USA men’s 4x10km relay.

Alpine

Gustav Vøllo was the runner-up in both the giant slalom and the slalom at NCAAs. Both days he recorded the second-best time in the late run to move into the silver-medalist position. Vøllo now owns three career All-America honors. Joachim Lien was sixth in GS and eighth in the slalom for second team All-America honors in both races, bringing his total of All-American awards to five.

Katie Parker was third in the giant slalom at the NCAA Championships. It was Parker’s third career All-America nod. Parker represented Australia in in the 2022 Winter Olympics. Kaja Norbye came in fifth in the giant slalom at NCAAs to become a first team All-American and sixth in the slalom to earn second team honors. It was the first All-America awards of her career.

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2021 Two-Time NCAA Champion

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Three-time NCAA Nordic champion

Director of Skiing

Fredrik Landstedt

f.landstedt@utah.edu

Veteran college ski coach Fredrik Landstedt has completed four highly-successful seasons as the Director of Skiing at Utah after taking over the program in July 2018. Landstedt has won three NCAA Championships at Utah in 2019, 2021 and 2022. His team was in first place when the 2020 event was cancelled at the midway point due to COVID-19. He also coached New Mexico to the NCAA title in 2004 and Colorado in 1995.

This past year, Utah scored 578 points at the NCAA Championships, outdistancing second-place Vermont by 66.5 points. Sophia Laukli and Novie McCabe captured women’s NCAA Nordic titles. For the second straight year, the Utes won every meet during the season, including the RMISA Championships. In 2021, Sydney Palmer-Leger won both the women’s 5-km and 15-km events.

Landstedt led Utah to the 2019 NCAA Championship in his first season at the helm. Julia Richter won the NCAA title in the 5-km freestyle and eight skiers combined for 12 All-America honors with five podium finishes at the meet.

Julie Mohagen was named to the 2019 CoSIDA Academic All-America Division I At-Large first team, marking the 11th time Landstedt has had a student-athlete on the team with eight of those being first-team selections.

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 in his fourth season as the head Nordic coach of his alma mater. He was named the National Nordic Coach of the Year in both 2021 and ‘22.

In four years, he has developed four NCAA individual champions. Julia Richter won the women's freestyle in 2019. Sydney Palmer-Leger took both women’s Nordic titles in 2021. Sophia Laukli and Novie McCabe split the women’s titles in 2022. Utah scored a combined 321.5 points over four Nordic events.

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, the RMISA Alpine Coach of the Year in 2019 and 2022, has been Utah's head alpine coach the past four years. He previously coached with the U.S. Ski Team.

At the 2022 NCAA Championships, Utah had the most alpine points in the team standings (256.5) as well as seven alpine All-America accolades. Gustav Vøllo was the individual runner-up in both men's giant slalom and slalom. Johnson coached three skiers to All-America honors in 2021, led by Roni Remme, who finished second at NCAA's in both the women's giant slalom and slalom.

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, who is originally from Park City, lives in Wanship, Utah with his wife, Jana.

Mary Joyce

Assistant Alpine Coach

mjoyce@huntsman.utah.edu

Mary Joyce is in her third season at Utah as assistant alpine coach. She has helped the Utes earn 10 All-America citations the past two years, including seven in 2022.

Joyce coached the previous three seasons at Rowmark Ski Academy as the women's assistant alpine U19-21 coach. Several of her athletes have moved on to the U.S. Ski Team and joined NCAA programs. Among the roles in which she has served include academic coordinator, sports psychology coordinator and assistant conditioning coach. Joyce has also assisted with accounting, marketing, fundraising, travel, social media and videography. Joyce recently spent time coaching at U.S. Ski and Snowboard development camp at Mammoth.

Joyce skied at Saint Michael's College from 2013-16, competing in the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA). She was a team captain in 2015. Joyce spent three years on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, including serving as chair for a 5K run to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She was also a member of the Purple Knight Leadership Academy as a senior, a program that promoted professional and personal leadership development.

1981 NCAA Champions

Tradition

Over the past 13 years, Utah skiing has claimed the 2022, 2021, 2019 and 2017 national titles, three second-place finishes and two third-place finishes at the NCAA Championships.

Utah has claimed 14 NCAA Championships as a combined men’s and women’s program. The Ute women also won an AIAW title in 1978, bringing their total of national titles to 15.

Utah has won at least one individual title in the last 12 NCAA meets, bringing its total to 80.

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.

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Utah's Greatest

Utah has had eight women combine for 12 Nordic national titles in its history, including four women claiming five NCAA championships since 2019.

The Utes crowned a pair of women’s Nordic NCAA champions in 2022. Sophia Laukli took the 15K freestyle and Novie McCabe won the women’s 5K classic.

Sydney Palmer-Leger won two NCAA titles in the women's 5-km classic and 15-km freestyle as a freshman in 2021.

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

On the men’s side, Martin Bergström won three NCAA championships over a two-year period in recent years, 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.

Eight Utes have won multiple NCAA championships in the last 15 years: Martin Bergström (10-km classic twice and 20-km freestyle), Henning Dybendal (10-km free and 20-km classic), Maria Graefnings (5-km freestyle), Miles Havlick (20-km classical and 20-km freestyle), Sydney Palmer-Leger (5-km classic and 15-km freestyle), Katrin Smigun (5-km freestyle and 15-km classic) and Ben Thornhill (giant slalom).

Two NCAA men's giant slalom champions since 2014: Endre Bjertness (2016) and Mark Engel (2014).

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

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.

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

A program-record 12 current and former members of the Utah ski team represented six countries at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Fourteen Ute skiers (9 men and 5 women) have competed in multiple Winter Olympics.

Torin Koos was a four-time U.S. Olympian in cross country skiing (2002, '06, '10, '14). Other recent Utes to compete in multiple Olympics include Nordic skiers Dominic Demschar (Australia – 2014, ’18), Snorri Einarsson (Iceland – 2018, ’22), Chirine Njeim (Lebanon – 2002, ’06, ’10) and Roni Remme (Canada – 2018, ’22).

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.

National Champions | Men

10-Kilometer Freestyle

Year  Name
2004 Henning Dybendel
1999 Rune Kollerud
1995 Havard Solbakken

20-Kilometer Freestyle

Year  Name
2017 Martin Bergström
2013 Miles Havlick

10-Kilometer Classical

Year  Name
2018 Martin Bergström
2017 Martin Bergström
1994 Havard Solbakken
1993 Luke Bodensteiner
1990 Luke Bodensteiner
1989 Hans Sjulstad

20-Kilometer Classical

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

Slalom

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

Giant Slalom

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

Alpine

Year  Name
1962 Jim Gaddis
1960 Jim Gaddis
1959 Marvin Melville

Nordic

Year  Name
1967 Matz Jenssen
1966 Frithjof Prydz
1965 Matz Jenssen

Cross Country

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

Cross Country Relay

Year  Name
1987 Utah
1986 Utah
1984 Utah

Downhill

Year  Name
1959 Marvin Melville

Jumping

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

Skimeister

Year  Name
1967 Matz Jenssen

Jim Gaddis

National Champions | Women

5-Kilometer Freestyle

Year  Name
2022 Sophia Laukli
2019 Julia Richter
2015 Veronika Mayerhofer
2012 Maria Graefnings
2011 Maria Graefnings
2003 Katrin Smigun
1995 Heidi Selnes

15-Kilometer Freestyle

Year  Name
2021 Sydney Palmer-Leger

5-Kilometer Classical

Year  Name
2022 Novie McCabe
2021 Sydney Palmer-Leger

15-Kilometer Classical

Year  Name
2003 Katrin Smigun
1995 Heidi Selnes
1992 Kristin Vestgren

Slalom

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

Giant Slalom

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

Bente Dahlum

Olympians

United States

Name Years
John Aalberg 1992, '94
Luke Bodensteiner 1992, '94
Kevin Bolger 2022
Keely Cashman 2022
Annelies Cook 2014
Mark Engel 2018
Corey Engen 1948
Jon Steven Engen 1988, '92, '94
John Farra 1992
Nick Hendrickson 2022 (Nordic combined HC)
Luke Jager 2022
Dev Jennings 1948
Kristina Joder 2002
Peter Karns 1972, '76 (Coach)
Terry Kern 1976
Torin Koos 2002, '06, '10, '14
Sophia Laukli 2022
Moe Lebel 2022
Novie McCabe 2022
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, 18 (Asst. Coach)
Justin Wadsworth 1994, '98, '02
Ralph Wakley 1968
Anne Jeanette Winn 1948

International

Name Years
Tomas Birkner (Argentina) 2022
Rowena Bright (Australia) 2002
Dominic Demschar (Australia) 2014, '18
Snorri Einarsson(Iceland) 2018, '22
Toril Forland (Norway) 1972
Madison Hoffman (Australia) 2022
Eva Huckova (Slovakia) 2006
Kathy Kreiner (Canada) 1972, '76 (Gold in GS), '80
Veronika Mayerhofer (Austria) 2014
Chirine Njeim (Lebanon) 2002, '06, '10
Katie Parker (Australia) 2022
Fritjof Prydz (Norway) 1972
Roni Remme (Canada) 2018, ‘22
Katie Vesterstein (Estonia) 2022

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
2022 1st
2021 1st
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.


Torin Koos