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NCAA Skiing Championship Underway in Steamboat Springs

NCAA Skiing Championship Underway in Steamboat Springs

[ Wed, 2010-03-10 18:57 ]

Steamboat Ski Resort/Larry Pierce

Could the University of Denver ski team take home its third Championship win in a row?

For anyone in Steamboat Springs, Colo. this week, keep an eye out: You could spot America's next Bode Miller or Lindsey Vonn. 

The 2010 NCAA Skiing Championship opened today at Mt. Werner at Steamboat Resort and Howelsen Hill Ski Area, hosted by the University of Colorado at Boulder. Now in its 57th year, the event brings together 22 college ski teams from across the country for four days of Alpine and Nordic skiing competitions. 

The University of Denver Pioneers are gunning for their third consecutive championship win this year. And it looks like they're already well on their way: During this morning's Women's Giant Slalom at Mt. Werner, DU's Lindsay Cone placed second, helping cement an early first place lead for the Pioneers (Utah's Eva Huckova ranked first in the event). The streak continued this afternoon, when Leif Haugen grabbed the top spot in the Men's Giant Slalom.

Utah and Vermont trail Denver for second and third places at the end of the first day of competition. The University of New Mexico finished fourth for the day, a disappointing start for a school rumored to have one of the country's best Alpine teams. 

All remaining events and training runs will be held at Howelsen Hill Ski Area. The schedule for Thursday includes Nordic 5- and 10-km Classicals. Alpine events resume Friday with Men's and Women's Slalom competitions. Saturday concludes with Nordic 15- and 20-km Freestyle events and team awards ceremonies.

Whoever wins, the influx of college athletes and their fans should make for anything but a dull week.