Colorado senior women’s Nordic skier Petra Hyncicova, competing with the Czech Republic cross country ski team over in PyeongChang, completed her second race at the 2018 Winter Olympics Tuesday.
In the Ladies’ Sprint Classic Qualification heat, she finished 45th out of 68 competitors with a time of 3:32.03 in the 1.25K race at the Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Centre.
The top 30 finishers from the qualification round moved on to the quarterfinals and Hyncicova was just eight seconds off of making that.
The races started at 5:30 p.m. local time, 1:30 a.m., on the 1,176-meter course that with the short sprint race required just one lap. She was one of three Czech Republic skiers competing in Tuesday’s classic sprint race.
Last Saturday, Hyncicova raced to a 47th-place finish out of 60 competitors in the Ladies’ 15K skiathlon.
She now will have a long break before her next race – 12 days – before competing in the Ladies’ 30K Mass Start Classic on Sunday, Feb. 25 (actually will start at 11:15 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 24 in the U.S.).
Other buffs at PyeongChang Olympics
Arielle Gold, a psychology major at CU and native of Steamboat Springs, won an Olympic bronze medal in the halfpipe Tuesday at Bokwang Phoenix Park in South Korea. Gold scored a 85.75 on her third and final run to get up on to the podium.
Brian Hansen, a 2017 graduate of the CU Leeds School of Business, opened up the first of his four events on Tuesday in long track speed skating. He finished 15th in the men’s 1500-meter with a time of 1:46.44.
Hansen, who is making his third Olympic appearance, will next race on Sunday in the team pursuit prelims at 4 a.m. MT.
Kendall Wesenberg, a 2012 graduate of the CU Leeds School of Business, is on the U.S. skeleton team that from Monday, Feb. 12-Wednesday, Feb. 14, has its official training heats. Then on Friday, Feb. 16 at 4:20 a.m. MT, the women’s first heat of the skeleton opens the official competition with the medal round taking place on Saturday, Feb. 17. There are three heats of the women’s races before the medal round.
Casey Andringa, a current CU student, finished fifth in the men’s moguls on Monday at Phoenix Park with a score of 75.50.