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Torjus Krogdahl on a bike trip with the Utes.

Torjus Krogdahl on a bike trip with the Utes.

Sept. 14, 2009

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* Fans are invited to attend the Utah Ski Team Open House on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Ski Team Building (located behind the Smith Center on Guardsman Way). Fans will have an opportunity to meet the team and events include a soccer match between current and former skiers. Please RSVP to Director of Skiing Eli Brown at ebrown@huntsman.utah.edu.

* Brown has been appointed as a member of the NCAA Men's and Women's Skiing Committee. His service began on Sept. 1 and runs through 2013. The NCAA Men's and Women's Skiing Committee is a body in which rules and procedures are presented, reviewed, adopted and implemented to ensure that NCAA philosophies and standards are applied to the sport of skiing. Brown replaces Colorado's Bruce Cranmer on the committee.

"I am excited to have an impact on the rules and regulations of NCAA skiing," Brown said. "It's important for us to have a voice on the committee and I am thrilled about this opportunity."

* With no snow in the forecast, the Utes have been working hard on their dry land training. Recent activities include biking to Park City and hiking the Lone Peak area. The team plays intrasquad soccer once a week - the Nordic skiers against the Alpine team. Next week the skiers plan to run `Agony Hill' with the swim team.

"The team is fit and ready to get into it," Brown said. "We have two months until we get snow and are prepping and working hard in the weight room. The new kids we have are fitting in well."

* Both the men's and women's Nordic teams recently competed in the Utah State Open cross country race. Zoe Roy had the best finish of the day among the skiers with a 19th-place finish in the 5K course, clocking in at 18:21.8. Rolf Figi led the men in the 7K course in 25:00.8. Full results are available here
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"Most of the team did better than last year running the race," Brown said. "The skiers have also cut down on their biking times."

* Strength tests were also conducted for the Nordic team in August. The Utes tested in pull-ups, sit-ups, push-ups, box jumps and dips. Tom Smith, Ian Havlick and Figi all met the men's Canadian Strength Testing Standard, while Mali Noyes met the women's standard.

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