Petra Hyncicova, the defending NCAA champion in both the classic and freestyle disciplines, was named to the 2018 Czech Republic Olympic team in the Nordic skiing.
Hyncicova, along with former Buff Joanne Reid, will become the 35th and 36th CU ski team member to make it to the Olympics. Hyncicova will be one of 10 Nordic skiers competing for the Czech Republic in PyeongChang, South Korea in February.
"I'm really honored to represent the Czech Republic," Hyncicova said. "It's just something special, reminds you of how much you love your home country and how proud you are to be from there."
Hyncicova is a senior on the CU ski team. In 2017, she was named the women's Nordic national skier of the year by the Ski Coaches Association and FasterSkier.com, and was named the 2017 Women's Collegiate Athlete of the Year by the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. She became the 15th female skier — and fourth from CU — to sweep the Nordic races at the NCAA Championships, capturing the 5K classic and the 15K freestyle titles. She won five races on the season and placed no lower than fifth in any of her eight races.
Through two meets and six races in 2018, she has won one race and finished second in four of the other five races. In 34 career races as a Buff, she has six victories, 16 podium appearances and has finished fifth or better 25 times.
The PyeongChang Games kick off in South Korea on Feb. 9 and will conclude Feb. 25. Nordic skiing starts on Saturday, Feb. 10 and runs through Feb. 25.