NCAA racers are well-represented in this year’s world championships tech events, as they have been at every world champs and Olympics in recent years. Eight of the 16 NCAA athletes competing in Cortina are “Pios,” Denver University Pioneers.
The national team featuring the highest number of collegiate athletes is Canada. Their 13-member roster includes six current or former NCAA skiers. The nation with the next most NCAA representation is the U.S. with four, followed by Norway, Croatia, Brazil and Greece each with one NCAA skier. Between them, these skiers represent five different colleges. While many eastern schools are not competing on the EISA circuit this year, current athletes from western schools headed to Cortina straight from their RMISA competitions in Utah.
Here’s how it shakes out:
UVM grad and 2019 NCAA GS champ Laurence St. Germain comes into Cortina with three top-10 slalom results this season. DU senior Amelia Smart has scored points in two World Cup slaloms this season while attending classes remotely and recently won two Uni slaloms for the Pioneers in Snowbird. CU freshman Cassidy Gray, like Smart comes to Cortina straight from Utah. The 19-year-old Gray scored her first World Cup points at