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Posted: Mar 03, 2009 - 4:33 AM GMT

Is anyone going to the Championships? They are at Sunday River and Black Mountain on the 6th.
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Posted: Mar 03, 2009 - 7:11 PM GMT

Would like to attend. Watching a ski race over the pond. Enjoy. Go Dartmouth........
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Posted: Mar 03, 2009 - 7:20 PM GMT

Yeah, but go behind DU!
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Posted: Mar 04, 2009 - 12:13 AM GMT
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DU skiing was set up by the greatest coach in Colorado history:

Wilhelm Josef "Willy" Schaeffler 1915-1988

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In 1948, Willy became coach for the University of Denver Ski Team. He won 13 of 18 National Championships (NCAA). He coached 100 wins out of 123 ski meets. His squads finished in the top three in 122 out of 123 times. Thirty-three of his racers were named to the NCAA All-American teams. He had 15 named to the Olympic Ski Teams and FIS championships.


With a little help from Norway in the form of: Otto Tschudi
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Posted: Mar 04, 2009 - 1:13 AM GMT

Oh, yes! Willy was the coach when I was there (a few years ahead of Otto), and we were the NCAA champs then too (not too presumptious). Back in those days we had a few stars of our own, Poncho McCoy and Dave Durrance and Rick Chaffee, to name a few. Of course, it was those Norwegians who gave depth to the team. And, it was (as you noted, mmqb) Willy who put it all together. I have a personal letter from him (just a reply to a letter that I wrote to him), which I treasure.

This year, it's the girls who are the backbone of the team. I may just have to drive over there to cheer them on! Go DU!
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Posted: Mar 04, 2009 - 1:48 AM GMT

Willy was great and he did not charge $1,000,000.00 a year in salary, it was about skiing and kids. Would love to take a run at the NCAA, work has me in another part of the ski world this weekend. Have fun, the NCAA is a great program.... GO DARTMOUTH........
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Posted: Mar 04, 2009 - 1:20 PM GMT

As a Wyoming grad I'm still pissed that the school dropped the ski team just a few years after they won the championship in 85(?)( I'm going by memory here, I'm so lazy :roll , in order to expand the football stadium to meet the NCAA's new requirement of holding 35,000 for Division 1(top tier) schools. Admittingly tho I am a big football fan.

I think there have been around 55 NCAA Championships and the western schools have won the majority of them but UVM had a helleva run winning 4 between 89-94.

It is so awesome that nowadays the NCAA nordic racers have many Americans among the ranks whereas back in my day, they were mostly Scandinavians highly recruited by all the top schools. Ben True, currently one of top nordic racers for Dartmouth was coached by my wife in HS in Maine.

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Posted: Mar 04, 2009 - 2:01 PM GMT

When Denver University had a football team, a friend of mine, now a retired teacher in Webster, said Willy was a trainer who helped players rehab after an injury. He said the players hated to go anywhere near him because his rehab workouts were so tough. He said the football players were impressed with the ski team, how hard they worked and the terrific shape they were in.
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Posted: Mar 04, 2009 - 6:06 PM GMT

Dr. Jim Yong Kim appointed 17th President of Dartmouth College
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Posted: Mar 04, 2009 - 6:10 PM GMT

NCAA Skiing Championships Tournament Records
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Posted: Mar 04, 2009 - 8:31 PM GMT
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Watch This Program @ Westminister College, Utah

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“We are very pleased with the foundation that has been laid in the first year of our men's and women's alpine and snowboard programs,” said Shay Wyatt, director of Westminster’s Athletics. “Our student-athletes, along with ski coach Chris Hendrickson and his staff have worked very hard this year to establish quality programs.

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Posted: Mar 04, 2009 - 8:32 PM GMT
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Watch This Program @ Westminister College, Utah

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“We are very pleased with the foundation that has been laid in the first year of our men's and women's alpine and snowboard programs,” said Shay Wyatt, director of Westminster’s Athletics. “Our student-athletes, along with ski coach Chris Hendrickson and his staff have worked very hard this year to establish quality programs.

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Posted: Mar 04, 2009 - 9:42 PM GMT

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When Denver University had a football team, a friend of mine, now a retired teacher in Webster, said Willy was a trainer who helped players rehab after an injury. He said the players hated to go anywhere near him because his rehab workouts were so tough. He said the football players were impressed with the ski team, how hard they worked and the terrific shape they were in.


Whoa, I didn't even know that DU ever had a football team! I thought that you meant (European) foot ball...soccer, but I knew better than to doubt you, so I looked it up. I couldnt' actually find anything about a football team, but they do have a football player in their hall of fame, so I guess they had a team. When I was there, I remember that the ski team members had to run up and down the stadium steps with a team mate on their backs, and I think they also had to hop up the same steps on one leg.
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Posted: Mar 04, 2009 - 10:28 PM GMT

Skier Jumps To NFL My memory is failing, for some reason I was under the impression that a Willy/DU connection was associated with the Jan Stenerud (NOR) story. Turns out to be MSU, MT.

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Stenerud came to the United States on a ski jumping scholarship and had never played football. While attending Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, he joined the football team and in 1965 kicked a 59-yard field goal, then a college football record, against the rival Montana Grizzlies.[3]

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Posted: Mar 05, 2009 - 2:07 PM GMT

Quote: " I couldnt' actually find anything about a football team, but they do have a football player in their hall of fame, so I guess they had a team. When I was there, I remember that the ski team members had to run up and down the stadium steps with a team mate on their backs, and I think they also had to hop up the same steps on one leg."

MissDaEast, this friend of mine was on a football scholarship there when they dropped football. He transferred to Tulsa, and they dropped football. He said to hell with it, transferred to American International College in Springfield, got his degree and had a career teaching in his hometown, Webster, Mass. He's retired now, so his time in Denver must have been more than 40 years ago. One of the things he talked about was Willy having people run up the stadium steps with teammates on their backs. He said that if you twisted your ankle, Willy would ice it down, tape it up tight and have you work out on it. The guys who survived went back to the team. I doubt that trainers would do that now.
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Posted: Mar 07, 2009 - 10:01 AM GMT

NCAA Skiing Champs 2009 - Hosted By Bates College, Maine
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Posted: Mar 12, 2009 - 11:29 PM GMT


It took me a while to find any word, and the word I found was about people from UVM. However...



Denver Leads Championship After Day One
After harsh weather postponed Wednesday's giant slalom, the Men's and Women's Skiing Championships picked up on Thursday in Bethel, Maine. At the end of the first full day, thanks to a strong showing by the Denver men in Alpine and women in Nordic, the Pioneers took the early lead.
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Posted: Mar 13, 2009 - 12:32 AM GMT

MissDaEast: Great job by DU today. Go Big Green MMQB
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Posted: Mar 14, 2009 - 12:33 AM GMT

And after 6 of 8 events.....the leader is.......
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Posted: Mar 14, 2009 - 12:48 AM GMT

Last 2 events are nordic, and the top 3 teams are separated by 3 points...advantage DU, though I'd like to see an Eastern team win...

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