The University of Colorado ski team handed out its annual team awards at its end of season banquet Wednesday in the Byron R. White Club Level in the east suites at Folsom Field.
The 2017 Buffaloes won a 28th RMISA title and finished second at the NCAA Skiing Championships that were held in New Hampshire in March. Colorado has now finished as the runner-up seven times, with eight titles, in 27 seasons under head coach Richard Rokos.
Junior Petra Hyncicova won the Dick Schoenberger Memorial Award, given to the outstanding skier. Schoenberger was a close friend and supporter of the ski team for many years until his death in 1963. The award is CU's longest standing award, given every year since 1963. Past winners include Buddy Werner, Bill Marolt, Spider Sabich, assistant coach Jana Weinberger, Maria Grevsgaard and Rune Oedegaard.
Freshman David Ketterer was given the Buddy Werner Memorial Award. The Buddy Werner Award was named after the man synonymous with competitive skiing in America. He was the United States' first international skiing star who set a fine example and a scholarship commemorating him was established in 1983 for a deserving team member.
The Outstanding Career Award went to senor Mads Stroem. Stroem tied the program record for most All-American selections in a career with eight and also tied the program record for most first-team selections with seven. He was a three-time NCAA individual national champion, tying for the second most NCAA titles by any Buffalo in school history. He was the 2016 Men's Nordic National Skier of the Year. In his career he won 14 races, ranking in a tie for fourth in CU history, and earned 28 podium finishes (top 3) in 39 career races.
The Spencer Nelson Award, given in the spirit of the former CU skier who lost his life just prior to his sophomore season at CU in August 2011, is awarded annually by Spencer's parents, Peter Nelson and Peggy Smith. It is given to those who overcome adversity and demonstrate a strong work ethic. This season sophomore Petter Reistad was selected for the award, which is a belt buckle, similar to the awards presented to podium finishers at the CU Invitational, also named in Spencer's memory.
The Laura Sharpe Flood Award was given to freshman Bobby Moyer. Given out every year since 1991, the Laura Sharpe Flood Award is given to the skier who best exemplifies the spirit, enthusiasm and dedication both on the mountain and in the classroom. She tragically lost her life on April 3, 1989, after losing control on a training run at Eldora.
The Lucie Hanusova Award has been given every season since 1999 and is given to the team member or members who overcomes adversity and challenges with smiles and enthusiasm. This year that award was given to freshman Isabella Fidjeland. Fidjeland battled through a non-skiing injury that she suffered in the fall, but came back to finish 10th in both the slalom and giant slalom at the RMISA Championships. She then competed with the Buffs back east in New Hampshire in her very first NCAA Championships.
The Outstanding Alpine Woman Award was given to sophomore Nora Christensen. She had eight top 10 and a pair of podium finishes on the season. For a second consecutive season, she finished fifth in the slalom at the NCAA Championships to once again earn first-team All-America honors - the only Buff on the women's alpine team to earn All-America honors this season.
The Outstanding Nordic Woman Award was given to sophomore Christina Rolandsen. Rolandsen finished ninth or better in every race she competed in this season and recorded four podium finishes. She went on to claim two first-team All-America honors by finishing fourth in the 5K classic and third in the 15K freestyle races at the NCAA Championships.