LAKE PLACID, N.Y.—In a busy two days at World University Games, the Colorado Buffaloes made history by securing two more medalists to match the best performance by a group of Buffs with still several competitions ahead before it’s all said and done at the 31st Winter World University Games.
Those two join Anna-Maria Dietze, who medaled Monday to give the Buffs three medals at these games, matching the most by a CU contingent in World University Games history and marking the first time three different Buffs earned medals in one games. In 2013, the only other time CU had more than one medal at the games, Katie Hartman (gold, Super-G) and Erika Ghent (gold, overall competition and silver, super combined) brought home three medals.
Boee and Hammergaard are the sixth and seventh known medalists to medal, and Boee is just the second Nordic skier to do so, joining Dietze. Aside from Hartman and Ghent, Erika Hogan (bronze, slalom, 2003) and Adam Zika (gold, team parallel, 2017 and silver, GS, 2011) make up CU’s medals at the games.
And by no means were Boee and Hammergaard the only Buffs putting up impressive performances. Several other Buffs put up performances that left them just off the podium and overall as a group, the Buffs were impressive from top to bottom.
Dietze almost medaled two more times the past two days. After picking up her bronze in the freestyle sprints, she took sixth in the women’s 5K classic race was less than 18 seconds off the podium and just under 40 seconds behind the race winner. Weronika Kaleta was also impressive in that race taking 19th after being in the top 10 at the 2.5K mark of the race.
Behind Boee in the men’s 10K classic race was sophomore Fredrik Nilsen finishing eighth followed closely by Will Koch in 11th and Oyvind Haugan in 17th. Alexander Maurer was also 36th giving CU four in the top 17 and all five in the top half of the field as the race saw 82 finishers.
Wednesday saw the men’s GS and freestyle pursuit races. The best performance that day was likely sophomore Jacob Dilling finishing fourth in the men’s GS race, missing a medal by a heart-breaking four-hundredths of a second. Alex Birkner continued his impressive skiing by taking 10th. He was an alternate and didn’t know he’d make the games until about 24 hours before the opening ceremonies. Louis Fausa and Jack Reich both did not finish their second runs.
And not to be outdone, Wednesday’s Nordic action saw two more top six finishes as Dietze took fifth and Boee sixth in the 5K women’s and 10K men’s freestyle pursuit races. Dietze moved up one spot from her sixth place classic finish and Boee fell four spots but was still within medal contention.
On the men’s side behind Boee, Nilsen finished 14th, Maurer 27th and Haugan 29th. Koch along with Kaleta on the women’s side both did not start the pursuit race.
Alpine skiers will next take part in the mixed team parallel races on Thursday morning. The exiting action is slated to begin at 9 a.m. MT and will feature several Buffs. Half of the US team is Buffs as Kaitlyn Harsch and Dilling have the first two legs for the U.S. team that’s seeded third. Fausa is also part of the Norwegian team that is seeded fifth.
The alpine competition will then close with slalom races, with the women’s race on Friday and men’s on Saturday.
Nordic skiers will have Thursday off before returning to racing action on Friday with the 3x5k women’s and 4×7.5K men’s relay races. They’ll then close out the competition on Sunday with the 15K women’s and 30K men’s freestyle races.