Another Championship Season

A year after having its championship push canceled in 2020 at the halfway mark, the Utah Ski team came back strong in 2021 to win the 14th national championship in the program's history.

This is the third national title in the past four NCAA Championships completed for Utah, dating back to 2017. The Utes also had 16 All-Americans, nine podium finishes and two individual titles in 2021. Utah's 554 final point total gave them a 31.5 point victory over second place Colorado.


Utah took five of the six podium spots and scored a total of 197 points in the two women's races. Both individual wins came from Park City, Utah, native Sydney Palmer-Leger. After winning the 5-km classic the first day of Nordic competition, she came out strong again to capture the 15-km freestyle by 24 seconds. With two individual titles, Palmer-Leger lifted Utah skiing's all-time national titles to 78—including 33 by women's skiers and 11 by women's Nordic skiers. Her double victory marked the 12th time a Ute has won two races at a national championship event.

The 2021 RMISA Women's Nordic MVP Julia Richter—a 2019 NCAA Champion in the 5-km freestyle—was runner-up and freshman Novie McCabe finished third to give Utah a sweep of the top three in the 5-km. It was just the 10th podium sweep by a team at the NCAA Championships since skiing went coed in 1983.

In the women's 15K, Palmer-Leger came in first and McCabe was close behind in third to give Utah two spots on the podium. Richter finished in 19th place.

The men's Nordic team placed all three competitors in the top five of the 10-km classic, led by sophomore Luke Jager, who was runner-up. Sophomore Samuel Hendry was third and senior Bjørn Riksaasen was fifth. In the men's 20-km, Hendry paced Utah by finishing second. Riksaasen also earned All-America honors by coming in 10th while Jager finished 19th.


On the men's side, Gustav Vøllo led the way in the giant slalom by finishing in third. Right behind him were teammates Joachim Lien, who came in fifth, and Wilhelm Normannseth, who was ninth. In the men's slalom, Lien placed fourth to earn his second All-America award at this year's Championships. Vøllo and Normannseth did not finish.

On the women's side, all three of Utah's women's competitors scored points in the slalom, led by Katie Vesterstein, who earned her first All-America honor with a 10th place finish. Katie Parker finished 15th and Sona Moravcikova placed 20th. In the giant slalom, Parker was 12th while Moravcikova and Vesterstein did not finish.

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Sydney Palmer-Leger

2021 Two-Time NCAA Champion

Team Facilities

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Director of Skiing

Fredrik Landstedt

Veteran college ski coach Fredrik Landstedt has completed three highly-successful seasons as the Director of Skiing at Utah after taking over the program in July 2018. Landstedt has won two NCAA Championships at Utah in 2019 and 2021. 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.

In 2021, Sydney Palmer-Leger won both the women’s 5-km and 15-km events. Utah had 16 All-Americans and nine finish on the podium. Utah's 554 final point total gave them a 31.5 point victory over second place Colorado. The Utes also won every meet during the season, including the RMISA Championships.

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.


Miles Havlick

Head Nordic Coach

Two-time NCAA champion skier Miles Havlick is in his third season as head Nordic coach of 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

JJ Johnson, the 2019 RMISA Alpine Coach of the Year, is in his third season as Utah's head alpine coach. He previously coached with the U.S. Ski Team.

Johnson coached three skiers to All-America honors last year, led by Roni Remme, who finished second at NCAA's in both the women's giant slalom and slalom. Utah was the top scoring team in the women's giant slalom at NCAAs.

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

Mary Joyce is in her second season at Utah as assistant alpine coach.

Joyce coached the past 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


Over the past 12 years, Utah skiing has claimed the 2021, 2019 and 2017 national titles, three second-place finishes and two third-place finishes at the NCAA Championships.

Utah has claimed 13 NCAA Championships. The Utes also won an AIAW title in 1978, bringing their total of national titles to 14.

Utah has won at least one individual title in the last 11 NCAA meets, bringing its total to 78.

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

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.

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.

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 in the last six years: 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).

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
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


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


Year  Name
1962 Jim Gaddis
1960 Jim Gaddis
1959 Marvin Melville


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


Year  Name
1959 Marvin Melville


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


Year  Name
1967 Matz Jenssen

Jim Gaddis

National Champions | Women

5-Kilometer Freestyle

Year  Name
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
2021 Sydney Palmer-Leger

15-Kilometer Classical

Year  Name
2003 Katrin Smigun
1995 Heidi Selnes
1992 Kristin Vestgren


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


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


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
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