TRENTINO, Italy—Junior Rune Oedegaard scored two more top 10 finishes here at the 26th Winter World University Games, held here the last several days, to lead a contingent of 14 current and former University of Colorado ski team members.
Beginning with the 4x10K relay race on Thursday, Oedegaard anchored the Norway team that finished seventh. Junior Arnaud Du Pasquier also anchored his Switzerland team to a 14th place finish. On the women’s side, former Buff Eliska Hajkova anchored her 3x5K relay team for the Czech Republic to a fourth place finish, just seconds away from earning a medal.
Also Thursday on the alpine side was the men’s slalom races, and sophomore Kasper Hietanen led six Buffs competing for various countries. He finished 27th for Finland, while Fletcher McDonald was 29th and Cameron Smith was 34th, both skiing for the United States. Only 44 of the 99 skiers that entered the race finished, and three Buffs did not finish; Roger Carry (Canada), Adam Zika (Czech Republic) and Henrik Gunnarsson (Sweden). Smith took 20th, Hietanen finished 21s and Fletcher McDonald 25th in the men’s combined results.
Friday saw the women’s alpine team in action in the slalom race while Eliska Hajkoa closed out her games with an eighth place finish in the women’s 15K classical race. Like the men’s slalom race, just 38 of the 68 skiers in the race finished and sophomore Jessica Honkonen led the way for the Buffs with a 15th place showing for her home country of Finland. Sophomore Thea Grosvold (19th, Norway) and Brooke Wales (20th, United States) also garnered top 20 finishes while junior Shane McLean did not finish. Honkonen also finished 16th in the Women’s Combined competition on the alpine side.
After the Buffs take a short holiday break, they will be back in action beginning January 4 with the start of the collegiate season at Utah. Teams will then hit the Montana State Invitational prior to the start of classes resuming on January 13. The defending National Champions will host the Spencer James Nelson Memorial Invitational January 31-February 3 in Winter Park (alpine) and Steamboat Springs (Nordic).
Roger Carry, Men’s Alpine, Canada, Giant Slalom (42), Slalom (DNF)
Arnaud Du Pasquier, Men’s Nordic, Switzerland, Skiathlon (56), Classic Sprint (DNQ), 10K Freestyle (62), 4x10K Relay (14), 30K Classic (53).
Thea Grosvold, Women’s Alpine, Norway, Giant Slalom (33), Slalom (19)
Henrik Gunnarsson, Men’s Alpine, Sweden, Giant Slalom (37), Slalom (DNF)
Eliska Hajkova, Women’s Nordic, Czech Republic, Skiathlon (22), Classic Sprint (DNQ), Mixed Relay (DNQ), 5K Freestyle (36), 3x5K Relay (4), 15K Classic (8)
Kasper Hietanen, Men’s Alpine, Finland, Super G (47), Giant Slalom (30), Slalom (27), Combined (21)
Jessica Honkonen, Women’s Alpine, Finland, Super G (28), Giant Slalom (37), Slalom (15), Combined (16)
Fletcher McDonald, Men’s Alpine, United States, Super G (37), Giant Slalom (50), Slalom (29), Combined (25)
Shane McLean, Women’s Alpine, United States, Super G (15), Giant Slalom (DNF), Slalom (DNF)
Gustav Nordstroem, Men’s Nordic, Sweden, Classic Sprint (DNQ), Mixed Relay (9), 10K Freestyle (18)
Rune Oedegaard, Men’s Nordic, Norway, Skiathlon (12), Sprint Classic (DNQ), Mixed Relay (7), 10K Freestyle (8), 4x10K Relay (7), 30K Classic (5)
Cameron Smith, Men’s Alpine, United States, Super G (29), Giant Slalom (34), Slalom (34), Combined (20)
Brooke Wales, Women’s Alpine, United States, Super G (DNF), Giant Slalom (18), Slalom (20)
Adam Zika, Men’s Alpine, Czech Republic, Super G (DNF), Giant Slalom (38), Slalom (DNF)