TRENTINO, Italy—Junior Rune Oedegaard continued his impressive showing at the 26th Winter World University Games here Tuesday, finishing eighth place in the Men’s 10K Freestyle race, headlining a solid couple of days for the CU contingent here.
Oedegaard was the top finisher from Norway in the race and finished the 10K course in 24:35.7, about 24 seconds out of a medal. Former Buff Gustav Nordstroem finished in 18th in a time of 24:57.8 while junior Arnaud Du Pasquier finished 62nd in a time of 26:03.8. In all, 114 competitors entered the race with 110 finishing.
Former Buff Eliska Hajkova finished 36th in the women’s 5K freestyle race in a time of 14:12.1.
In alpine action, the Buffs had six competitors in the men’s giant slalom races on Tuesday and they all finished close to one another, led by sophomore Kasper Hietanen, who finished in 30th in a time of 1:51.32. Sophomore Cameron Smith, who finished in 35th with a time of 1:52.17 while sophomore Henrik Gunnarsson two spots back in 37th in a time of 1:52.46.
Defending WUG GS gold medalist Adam Zika, a sophomore for the Buffs, finished tied for 38th with a time of 1:52.66 while freshman Roger Carry took 42nd in a time of 1:53.17. Senior Fletcher McDonald rounded out the CU contingent in 50th in a time of 1:54.40. In all, 99 competitors entered the race and 66 finished, including all six Buffs.
In women’s GS action Wednesday, sophomore Brooke Wales was in medal contention, sitting in third place after the first run but had a couple issues in the second run and finished 18th in a time of 1:53.42. Sophomore Thea Grosvold finished in 33rd in 1:57.35 and sophomore Jessica Honkonen took 37th in 1:57.93. Junior Shane McLean was also in medal contention, sitting in eighth place after the first run but did not finish her second run.
Alpine action concludes in the next two days with men’s slalom races Thursday and women’s slalom races Friday and medals for both slalom and combined will be awarded. The combined competition is the skiers time in the giant slalom and slalom added together.
In Cross Country action, the women’s 3x5K and men’s 4x10K relays will take place Thursday and then close out with the Women’s 15K Classical race Friday and the men’s 30K Classical race Saturday.
CU Club Freestyle Teams Pulls In Medals
CU’s Club Freestyle team is representing the United States at the games and had a great final day of competition, as Alexis Keeney won the Gold Medal in the Women’s Slopestyle competition while Katie Souza finished third, bringing home a Bronze Medal. The Buffs and the USA had four of the seven skiers in the race and Katie Souza finished fifth and Jessica Webb did not qualify for the finals.
In Men’s Slopestyle action, 12 of the 25 skiers in the race advanced to the finals and CU’s Jeremy Brown finished seventh. He too was in medal contention after being in sixth place after the first run. Benjamin Hitchcock finished 15th, Connor O’Brien 17th and Ian Simpson 21st for the Buffs and United States as the freestyle competition is now over.