Miles Havlick was named the RMISA's Men's Nordic MVP for the second straight season.
Feb. 14, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - For the second straight season, Miles Havlick of the University of Utah ski team was named the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association Men's Nordic MVP.
The award is based on the total accumulation of NCAA qualification points in the four regular-season meets. Havlick scored an impressive 388 points out of a possible 400 and is currently on a four-race win streak. His teammate, Einar Ulsund, finished second in the men's Nordic MVP rankings to form a powerful duo for the Utes on the Nordic course.
"Winning the RMISA MVP again this year and going 1-2 for this award with my teammate is a testament to the success of the program here at the U," Havlick said. "Our team is determined, hard-working and we have a lot of fun. The coaches work even harder providing us with great skis week in and week out while making sure our training is dialed. All of this culminates into a great atmosphere allowing us to ski as fast as possible. I am excited to see what we can do in the coming weeks at the RMISA and NCAA Championships!"
Havlick has won five races this season and been on the podium six times. Over his illustrious Utah career, Havlick owns 11 victories and has 25 podium finishes.
"I am ecstatic for Miles to receive this award and recognition," Utah Director of Skiing Kevin Sweeney said. "What it really came down to this year was Miles just trying to do his best for the team at every single race. We have several new skiers on the team and Miles just provided excellent leadership and camaraderie on and off the race course. As a role model, this meant training well, resting when tired and knowing how to put on the game face during race days. Miles is very much responsible for the tight, close-knit group and success of the men's Nordic team. His teammates respect him immensely and this really paid off for all of us when you see someone acting for the team first. I know that this has motivated, and built confidence with the women's team, too. It's also great to see Miles shake off a bad race, or enjoy a powder day on a day off from training, knowing that a new day brings new experiences. Miles loves racing, is a true competitor and he relishes the opportunity to ski fast and represent the U."
Havlick swept his second consecutive meet, the Utah Invitational, last weekend at Soldier Hollow as he took victories in the 10-km Classical on Feb. 8 before a win in the 20-km Freestyle on Feb. 9.
"Miles has earned this award on every level," Utah Head Nordic coach Abi Holt said. "Over the past four years, Miles has become a consummate professional in his approach to ski racing. He is consistent and diligent in his training, studies, organization, equipment management, and recovery-- that all directly correlates to his success on the ski course. However, Miles has also been a tremendous leader off the course. As the only senior member of the men's team, the incoming class regularly looks to Miles to set the tone, answer questions, and lead the charge. Miles stepped into that role with grace. From where I sit, Miles deserves tremendous credit not only for his own MVP award, but also for helping to mold this year's entire men's team into such a dynamic group in such a short time. This group of men has been impressive all season, and Miles is clearly at the helm. He deserves this recognition and I could not be happier for him."
In the first meet of the season, the Colorado Invitational in Steamboat Springs, Havlick won the 10-km Classical race on Jan. 13 after finishing as the runner-up in the 20-km Freestyle on Jan. 12.
Havlick turned in a fifth-place finish in the 15-km Classical on Jan. 20 during the Denver Invitational in Minturn, Colo., after registering an eighth-place effort in the 10-km Freestyle on Jan. 19.
The Boulder, Colo., native is a five-time All-American, earning two honors each of the last two seasons and one in 2010 as a freshman. He is also the two-time, reigning Ski Racing Magazine Men's Nordic Collegiate Skier of the Year.
The RMISA/NCAA West Region Championships will be held Feb.