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.

After winning two of the last three NCAA Championships, the 2020 Utah ski team looks to defend its title behind the leadership of veteran coach Fredrik Landstedt, who is in his second season as Director of Skiing. The Utes return a strong core of skiers who understand the demands of the collegiate ski circuit. Head Nordic coach Miles Havlick and head alpine coach JJ Johnson are also in their second season at Utah with assistant coach Mary Joyce joining the alpine team.

Nordic

On the women’s side, the Utes return all five skiers from last season, led by reigning 5-km freestyle champion Julia Richter and six-time All-American Guro Jordheim. Richter, who also finished second in the 15-km classic at NCAAs last season as a freshman, was the 2019 RMISA Female Nordic Athlete of the Year. Entering her fourth season at Utah, Jordheim was the 2018 RMISA Female Nordic Athlete of the Year and has 12 career race wins. Juniors Karianne Moe and Mariah Bredal are returning All-Americans. Moe finished seventh in the 15-km classic at NCAAs last year. Bredal earned All-America honors in 2018 in the 5-km classic. Senior Leah Lange also competed at NCAAs in 2018.

For the men, junior Maximilian Bie was a two-time All-American in his first season last year, finishing third in the 20-km classic at NCAAs. Junior Ola Jordheim also earned All-America honors in his inaugural campaign, finishing fifth in the 20-km classic at NCAAs. Senior Logan Diekmann was first-team All-RMISA last year, recording six top five finishes to rank third in the league.

Sophomore Noel Keeffe, who is also on the U.S. Development Team, finished 12th in the sprint at the 2019 FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships. Junior Bjørn Riksaasen is a two-time second-team All-RMISA skier. Luke Jager, a member of the U.S. Development Team, was on the 4x5-kmrelay team that finished first at the 2019 FIS Junior World Ski Championships, and also placed 13th in the 30-km classic. Samuel Hendry is a member of the Canadian Senior Development Team and won the 50-km classic at the 2019 Canadian National Championships.

Alpine

Five-time All-American senior Roni Remme leads the women’s field, balancing both an NCAA and World Cup schedule. She was the NCAA runner-up in both the slalom and giant slalom last year. Remme finished seventh in the slalom in Killington earlier this season on the World Cup circuit. Senior Eirin Engeset earned All-America honors in her first year last season with an eighth-place finish in the giant slalom at NCAAs. Sophomores Katie Vesterstein and Katie Parker both had solid results in their freshman seasons. Parker placed 11th in the slalom at the RMISA Championships. Sophomore Sona Moravcikova transferred to Utah from New Mexico. She earned All-America honors after finishing 12th in the slalom and 14th in the GS at NCAAs. Freshman Mo Lebel, from Truckee, Calif., was the 2018 U.S. National Downhill Champion.

For the men, junior Joachim Lien finished in the top 15 in both races at NCAAs last year. Senior Addison Dvoracek, a 2017 All-American in the giant slalom, has seven career victories. Junior Huston Phillip earned All-America honors in the giant slalom in 2018. Junior Tomas Birkner competed at the FIS World Ski Championships. Senior Fredrik Maurstad has struggled with injuries during his Utah career. Newcomer Gustav Vøllo placed fifth in the giant slalom at the 2018 FIS Junior World Ski Championships.


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Three-time NCAA Nordic champion

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

Veteran college ski coach Fredrik Landstedt is in his second season as the Director of Skiing at Utah. Landstedt has won NCAA Championships at three different schools (Utah 2019, New Mexico 2004, Colorado 1995) over 27 years of college ski coaching.

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. Utah won four of five RMISA meets held during the regular season, including the NCAA Regional/RMISA Championship.

Julie Mohagen was named to the 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 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, the 2019 RMISA Alpine Coach of the Year, is in his second 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

mjoyce@huntsman.utah.edu

Mary Joyce is in her first season at Utah as the 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

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.


Torin Koos