Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Steamboat Springs The NCAA Skiing Championships are set to return to Steamboat Springs after the NCAA Men's and Women's Skiing Committee selected the University of Colorado to host the 2010 event.
"The University of Colorado is excited and honored to bring the NCAA Skiing Championships back to Colorado," CU Athletic Director Mike Bohn said in a release. "This is another great opportunity for the university and the state of Colorado to demonstrate the commitment to the sport of skiing. We look forward to hosting the championships and providing a first-class experience for all the other universities and student-athletes who will be participating."
The championships will be held March 10 to 13, 2010, with Nordic and slalom events being decided on Howelsen Hill. The giant slalom again will be on Mount Werner.
"We are excited and thankful to put together another great championship," CU head ski coach Richard Rokos said. "It was a pleasure to work with everybody in Steamboat in 2006, and we should be able to build on our existing relationships and structure and be able to put together an even better championship in 2010."
The 2010 championships will be the third skiing championships CU has hosted in Steamboat. The previous years were 1993 and 2006, when Colorado claimed the 53rd annual NCAA championship.
"The hospitality and enthusiasm for this event in the local community, combined with the quality of the venues at Howelsen Hill and Steamboat (Ski Area), will provide an outstanding environment for the student-athletes," said Drew Galbraith, chairman of the Men's and Women's Skiing Committee.
Steamboat has a long history of hosting the NCAA championships. The 2010 event will be the sixth time the city has played host. The championships were held here in 1968, 1969, 1979, 1993 and 2006.