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Utah Skiing Celebrates 2013 Season

The University of Utah ski team celebrated its 2013 season with an awards luncheon at the Alumni House.

The University of Utah ski team celebrated its 2013 season with an awards luncheon at the Alumni House.

May 3, 2013

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SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah ski team recognized its achievements during the 2013 season with an awards luncheon at the Alumni House.

"I feel honored for the opportunity I have had to lead such an accomplished group of student-athletes on and off the race course," Utah Director of Skiing Kevin Sweeney said. "We have had an outstanding year on the podium, as well as an impressive impact in the classroom and on the community service sector. I realize this is because of the excellent motivation of the student-athletes as well as the leadership and opportunities presented to them by our head coaches, Abi Holt (Nordic) and Jaka Korencan (Alpine).

"It was a festive awards luncheon and I want to thank the many alums and supporters who were able to attend. It was great to see everyone!"

The Utes celebrated a year that saw them earn 12 different All-American honors (seven on the first team) and a second-place finish at the NCAA Championships for the third consecutive season and the ninth time since the sport went co-ed in 1989. Utah combined for a total of 665 points to earn second place at the national meet.

Utah took third in the RMISA (Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association) overall team standings and had nine of its members named to All-RMISA Teams (five first-team and four second-team).

In addition to team recognition, individual awards were doled out as well. The list of recipients is below:

Toril Forland Outstanding Skiers Award: Rose Kemp (Sr., Boise, Idaho) and Ana Kobal (So., Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Kemp led Utah in 11 of its 12 races this season, including a ninth-place effort in 15-km Freestyle at the NCAA Championships. She was tremendously consistent throughout the entire 2013 season as she was 10th or better in 11 of 12 competitions.

Kobal ended the season strong by turned in a pair of top-six performances at the NCAA Championships, including a fifth-place finish in the slalom and a sixth-place effort in the GS to highlight her first appearance at the national meet. The Ljubljana, Slovenia native was in the top 10 during 10 of 12 races this season.

Toril Forland is a Norwegian alpine skier. She was the Norwegian champion in slalom in 1971 and 1973, in giant slalom in 1973, in downhill in 1973 and 1974; alpine combined in 1971,1972, 1973 and 1974. She participated at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo where she competed in slalom, GS and downhill.

She came to the University of Utah in the fall of 1975 as a sophomore. The next three years she competed in AIAW and won both the Giant Slalom and Slalom events each year.

C.D. Reddish Memorial Award: Rose Kemp (Sr., Boise, Idaho)

The C.D. Reddish Memorial Award was established by his son, Don, in his memory. Mr. Reddish contributed countless volunteer hours as an Alpine ski race official while another son, Jack, was competing as an alpine racer. He was President of the Intermountain Ski Association in the 1940's as well as a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

This award is given to the graduating senior or upperclassman who has contributed the most to the team, not only in results, per se, but with respect to community relations and promoting the sport as a diplomatic ambassador. The first recipient to receive this award was Ron Steele in 1978.

David Novelle Memorial Outstanding Skiers Award: Jeremy Elliot (Sr., Park City, Utah) and Miles Havlick (Sr., Boulder, Colo.)

Elliot tied for second in the men's GS for his first career medal performance at the NCAA Championships for his fifth podium performance of this season. He recorded the fastest first-run time of the entire meet en route to tying for second place overall. Elliot now has eight career top-three finishes as a Ute.

Havlick was named Ski Racing Magazine's Nordic Collegiate Skier of the Year for the third consecutive season. He claimed his second career national title in the men's 20-km Freestyle race and tied for sixth in the 10-km Classical.

David Novelle was born in 1951 in Salt Lake City. Prior to attending the University of Utah, he was a student at Skyline High School. While at Skyline, he competed in the prestigious Knudsen Cup. The Knudsen Cup race was a team competition among the Utah high schools. Skyline won the "Cup" each of the three years that David competed. As a junior alpine ski racer he was coached by Jim Gaddis, a former three-time All American for the "U."

David was granted an athletic ski scholarship to attend the University of Utah. In 1971, he was selected to receive the Alf Engen Sportmanship Award. David died in 1972 when he was competing in a collegiate downhill race at Winter Park, Colo. He lost his ski and hit a tree. He was 21 years young.

The Novelle family established an award as a legacy to David. This award is given annually to the male athletes who have been the most influential factors to the success of the team with outstanding results through the entire competitive season. David's very good friend, Tom McGhie, received the first award in 1973.

Alf Engen Award: Miles Havlick (Sr., Boulder, Colo.)

The oldest of the University of Utah Ski Team special recognitions dates back in the late 1950s, when Pres Summerhays, then coach of the men's ski team, approached a prominent New York attorney named Robert Simonds and requested his consideration for funding a special award at the University of Utah for the men's ski team. At that time, the U of U fielded both a men's and a women's team; however, only the men's team was recognized as an intercollegiate sanctioned sport at the national level. Summerhays felt that the recognition should be an annual award given to the outstanding athlete in either their junior or senior year who best demonstrated the most "inspirational" qualities on the team. This was to take into consideration outstanding competitive achievement as well as noteworthy leadership/sportsmanship qualities. It was generally felt by all concerned that the latter consideration should carry special weight because it served as a beacon for lifetime achievement in all walks of life, not just skiing.

Simonds agreed to underwrite the cost and suggested that the award have as its namesake, Alf Engen, because he best embodied the qualities established for award consideration. James R. (Bud) Jack, then U of U athletic director, concurred and named the award the Alf Engen Sportsmanship Award.

The key point to remember is that between the years 1958 and 1973, the Alf Engen Sportsmanship Award was the only U of U ski team award given out. Other awards did not come into being until many years later.

 

 

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