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CUBuffs.com: Buffs Open Title Defense Monday In Utah AND Montana Invitational (Skiing)

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    The defending NCAA Champion Colorado Ski Team opens the 2016 season Monday in Utah, looking to become the first team in six years and first CU team in 17 years to repeat as national champions.
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    BOULDER – The defending NCAA Champion Colorado Ski Team opens the 2016 season Monday in Utah, looking to become the first team in six years and first CU team in 17 years to repeat as national champions.

    The 2016 season will debut Monday at the Utah Invitational with men’s and women’s slalom races taking center stage in alpine action. The Buffs enter the 2016 season after one of the best preseason’s in recent memory.

    A squad-by-squad look at the Buffs in 2016:
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    Link to The Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association (RMISA) website- http://www.rmisaskiing.com/ (The RMISA is the Buff's "conference" for skiing.)
    Twitter for the conference (Assume it will continue to provide links to live timing webpages like the one's linked to below)- https://twitter.com/RMISA

    Edit- Full schedule for the Utah Invitational-
    Date Race
    Jan. 4 Women's Slalom
    Jan. 4 Men's Slalom
    Jan. 5 Women's Giant Slalom
    Jan. 6 Men's Giant Slalom
    Jan. 10 Women's 5K Freestyle
    Jan. 10 Men's 10K Freestyle
    Jan. 11 Women's 10K Classical
    Jan. 11 Men's 15K Classical

    Links to Live results-
    For 1st day (slalom):
    Men
    - (1st run scheduled for 9:55 AM MT start)- http://ussalivetiming.com/race/usa-ut-park-city-univ-of-utah-rmisa-invitational_246.html
    Women (1st run scheduled for 10:55 AM MT start)- http://ussalivetiming.com/race/usa-ut-park-city-univ-of-utah-rmisa-invitational_247.html

    For 2nd day (Women's Giant Slalom)- http://ussalivetiming.com/race/usa-ut-park-city-mountain-western-region-tech-series_282.html

    1/9/2016 Edit- Just because I forget how skiing is scored every new year, wanted to quote what I wrote in the thread for last year's NCAA championships-
    "Scoring in NCAA Skiing- the top 30 finishers of each race earn points. The scores earned for the top 8 finishers from 1st through 8th are 40 (for 1st place)-37-34-31-29-27-25-23. After that, the 9th through 30th places earn one point less for each lower place finish, so for example 9th place earns 22 points, 10th place 21 points, etc., all the way down to the 30th place finisher, who earns 1 point."
    (Note-at the NCAA championships, teams can only bring 3 athletes of each gender for each type of skiing (Alpine and Nordic), so all their finishes count. For these earlier season races with more than 3 racers per team competing in each event, only the top 3 finishers for each team get their finishes counted when calculating their team's score.)

    Also, for later reference, I confirmed the scoring from the NCAA skiing rule book, the current version of which can be found at http://www.ncaapublications.com/productdownloads/SK17.pdf . (Scoring used seems to be the Table entitled "Option 2" of that document, which is on page #53 (or the 57th page of the document).)
     
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    Best of luck to the ski team as they begin their title defense today with their 1st races of the year (at least as a team) in Utah!

    (For those interested, the article linked to in the orig. post has a nice summary of the returning and freshmen Buffs.)
     
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    From the live results, looks like the men's slalom may be over. If so, it's a great start to freshman Ola Buer Johansen's Buff career, as he ends up 2nd overall. Next 2 Buff finishers were senior Adam Zika at 11th and another freshman (Max Luukko) one spot behind in 12th.

    Edit- tweet now out confirming the 2nd place finish-

     
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    And, doesn't look live live timing has any details yet, but for the women-
     
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    Corrected/ updated women's team slalom results (still unofficial).
     
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    (I haven't been following the sport for too long, but my (probably ignorant) impression is that DU usually seems to lead the Alpine skiing events but often loses ground in Nordic, CU is often stronger in the Nordic events but does OK in Alpine, while Utah often gets the most points in the Nordic events, but often lags a bit in Alpine. So, this is a pretty classic Alpine result.)
     
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    A little detail on the women's slalom results for the Buffs-

     
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    As always, nice work covering the Olympic sports, Aztec.
    The winning programs deserve all the love they can get.
     
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    Looks like today is women's Giant Slalom day. Link to women's live timing is available, but no info yet- http://ussalivetiming.com/race/usa-ut-park-city-mountain-western-region-tech-series_282.html


    Note- From an RMISA article (http://www.rmisaskiing.com/story.php?s=341) reporting on yesterday's results, "Action continues Tuesday with the women’s giant slalom races and then the alpine portion of the Utah Invitational concludes Wednesday with men’s giant slalom races. The Utah meet concludes next week with Nordic action while the Montana State Invitational will get underway at Big Sky."

    Full schedule for this Invitational from the same article page-
    Date Race
    Jan. 4 Women's Slalom
    Jan. 4 Men's Slalom
    Jan. 5 Women's Giant Slalom
    Jan. 6 Men's Giant Slalom
    Jan. 10 Women's 5K Freestyle
    Jan. 10 Men's 10K Freestyle
    Jan. 11 Women's 10K Classical
    Jan. 11 Men's 15K Classical
     
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    Another great finish for Buff frosh Tonje Trulsrud, this time in the Giant Slalom.


    Per live timing, other top Buff finishers look to be Jessica Honkonen in 12th, Nora Grieg Christensen in 17th and Thea Grosvold in 20th.
     
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    The freshmen continue producing for Buffs alpine skiing- a win by Ola Johansen today in the men's GS (Giant Slalom)!




     
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    Link to cubuffs article about today's race in the below tweet.

     
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    With the Utah Invitational over for the Alpine skiers, they started competition at the Montana State Invitational today.

    So far things seem to be going well, especially for the men-




    (The Nordic skiiers will be competing in their portion of the Utah Invitational tomorrow and Monday to close out that event, followed by them racing in their part of the Montana Invitational Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 17th and 18th.)
     
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    Tweet below with link to article on today's action. (I didn't know when I wrote/ posted the above, but today's action was purely for individual qualifying purposes, so there is no calculation of team points. However, the article does say that tomorrow's races, another giant slalom for the men and women, start the team scoring part of the Montana State Invitational.)

     
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    So, as indicated above, the Nordic skiiers are finishing off the Utah Invitational, while the Alpine skiers are starting the Montana State Invitational.

    In Utah, looks like it's a 3 way CLOSE team race after today's freestyle Nordic races, so it's anyone's race with tomorrow's classic races being "for all the marbles".



    In Montana, no scores reported by CU skiing on twitter yet, but another great couple finishes for their freshmen!:


     
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    Articles are linked in the below tweets for races at
    1) Utah (Nordic skiers)


    and Montana (Alpine skiers)
     
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    Another individual win for a Buff in Utah!

    Overall, however, sounds like host Utah gets a come from behind team win in its invitational.




    (Note- per one of yesterday's articles, 2 of the top Buff skiers weren't able to race due to illness, so assume that contributed to the Buff's relatively disappointing team performance (compared to last year's NCAA championships) in the women's Nordic races.)


     
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    Back in Montana, looks like the Buff Alpine men get solid 5th, 7th and 11th place scoring finishes in the men's slalom (Per live results at http://www.live-timing.com/race2.php?r=153951 ). (With DU's recent and traditional strength in Alpine events, I'd think any time the Buffs can outscore them in a race it's a good day.)


     
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    And the women's slalom, the last of the Alpine races at the Montana State Invitational, is over, and the Buffs get 4th, 10th and 12th place scoring finishes per http://live-timing.com/race2.php?r=153952 .


     
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    Nordic races taking place at the Montana State Invitational the next 2 days. Sounds like pretty solid results, with the Buffs just 5 points back from DU, who isn't typically as strong in Nordic. With Utah only 18 points back and their Nordic strength, they are probably the main competitor for the team title that will be decided after tomorrow;s Classic races.

    For Women's Nordic going forward, great to see the 2 Buffs who were out sick last week (Ane Johnsen and Christiana Rolandsen) were able to compete today, with Ms. Johnsen being the 2nd Buff finisher.




     
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    Article on today's races- http://www.cubuffs.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=600&ATCLID=210644793 .

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    BOZEMAN, Mont — Junior Mads Stroem won his second straight race and six University of Colorado skiers placed in the top 10 for the Nordic freestyle races as part of the Montana State Invitational Sunday here at Bohart Ranch.

    As was the case during the Utah Invitational, Denver took a solid lead at the end of the alpine events just to see their lead diminish at the hands of Colorado and Utah. Entering the day, Denver had a 33 point lead over Colorado, who itself was 38 points ahead of the Utes. After the 5K women’s and 10K men’s freestyle races, the three are now just 23 points apart with two races remaining.

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    As it was in the Utah Invitational, it will all come down to Monday’s classic races to finish out the MSU meet, the second of the season. The men will kick things off with the 20K classic raced followed by the women’s 15K race. Throwing another wrench in the plans is the call for more snow overnight.

    “If it’s snowing, in a mass start race it’s too hard to get away,” Cranmer said. “It’s a little like a bike race, you can’t pull away but you’re drafting. It’s not as much about drafting, it’s about the skier in front pushing the snow down and the skiers behind him having a better track. It could mean that the whole field will ski together and nobody will want to try and break away.”

    After the MSU meet, the alpine and Nordic teams will all converge on Steamboat Springs, Colo., next weekend for the Buffs’ Spencer J. Nelson Memorial Invitational. Slalom races will kick off the meet Friday night followed by giant slalom and freestyle races Saturday and classic races Sunday. Sunday alpine teams will also have an RMISA Qualifier GS race.
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    At the Montana State Invite, looks like the Buffs have their 2nd narrow 2nd place finish for the year in the team score (pending official results), this time just behind DU.




     
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    Article on today's races entitled "Buffs Finish Second At Montana State Invitational"- http://www.cubuffs.com//ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=600&ATCLID=210646888

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    BOZEMAN, Mont — The University of Colorado ski team had an overall solid day with 10 skiers finishing in the top 17 of the women’s 15K and men’s 20K classic races, but in the end it wasn’t enough as Colorado finished second to Denver by just four points, 629-625, here Monday at Bohart Ranch.

    The Buffs entered the day down five points to the Pioneers and while the Buffs together a performance that overall was significantly better than the Pioneers, it didn’t translate to the team scores and the Buffs finished the meet just four points behind the Pioneers, the closest meet in the RMISA since the 2014 RMISA Championships when the Buffs were edged by Utah, 640-636. You have to go back to 2008 to find a meet that was closer than four points when the Lobos beat the Buffs by 3.5 points.

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    Next up is the Buffs own meet, the Spencer J. Nelson Memorial Invitational, set for Jan. 22-24 in Steamboat. It’s the first time RMISA alpine and Nordic teams will be competing together and also the same site as the NCAA Championships, which the Buffs host March 9-12. Friday will feature a night slalom race at Howelsen Hill followed by Nordic freestyle races there Saturday and classic races Sunday. Alpine teams will compete in two GS races on Saturday and Sunday, the first as part of the CU meet and second as an extra RMISA Alpine Qualifier.
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