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CUBuffs.com: Jessica Honkonen Lost To Knee Injury Training For NCAA Championships (Skiing)

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    Senior Jessica Honkonen will saw her career come to an abrupt end Saturday after she injured her knee in a training accident here at Howelsen Hill. The University of Colorado Ski Team arrived in Steamboat Springs earlier in the day in preparation for the 2016 NCAA Championships, which CU hosts March 9-12.
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    STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. – Senior Jessica Honkonen saw her career come to an abrupt end Saturday after she injured her knee in a training accident here at Howelsen Hill. The University of Colorado Ski Team arrived in Steamboat Springs earlier in the day in preparation for the 2016 NCAA Championships, which CU hosts starting Wednesday.

    “She is smiling but her heart is crying,” CU coach Richard Rokos said. “It’s kind of a typical injury for skiing. She came from the flat part of the course down to the steep section and she was a bit in the back seat. The edge of her ski caught, it popped off before she crashed, she was on her feet when her knee went. She knew what the feeling felt like so she knew right away something was wrong.”

    Honkonen, a fourth-year senior from Espoo, Finland, has skied for the Buffs at the NCAA Championships each of her first three seasons in Boulder, and was instrumental in helping the Buffs win the NCAA Championship in both 2013 and 2015. She was the 2015 RMISA Individual Slalom Champion and in 2014, she was the top seeded slalom skier in the RMISA.
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    Since the injury happened before the deadline of Monday at 4 p.m., the Buffs are able to replace Honkonen with freshman Nora Christensen for the championships. Christensen will join the team in Steamboat Springs on Saturday evening.

    “Nora is on her way here, she will join the team tonight and start training tomorrow,” Rokos said. “She is coming in with zero NCAA experience and Jessica was in her fourth year, but such is life. Nora will have to step in and do her best. I have all the confidence in the world in her, and the rest of the team does, too. She will be able to demonstrate the depth of our team.”

    Christensen finished 10 of 12 races in the regular season for the Buffs and had nine top 20 finishes. She finished four of the six slalom races and had a pair of 11th and pair of 12th place finishes. In GS action, she was between 13th and 18th in five of the six races.

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    What a tough break for a great senior Buff who has participated in and been a significant part of teams that, as noted above, have, among other things, won 2 national championships. (Always one of the sadder things in sports when an athlete's last chances to don their team's uniform is aborted by injury.)

    Best wishes to her in her recovery, the rest of the school year, and in everything else her future holds.

    (And, of course as a Buff fan, hope Ms. Christensen can start her 4 year college run helping the Buffs to another championship.)
     

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