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Komsic Set to Compete in Second Olympics

Feb. 7, 2018

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DENVER – The University of Denver ski team’s Andrea Komsic was named to the Croatian ski team for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. It will be the sophomore’s second time on the Olympic stage.

I'm very proud to represent my country,” said Komsic. “I had the privilege to represent Croatia in the previous Olympic Games and it was something I will never forget, the greatest and the most extraordinary experience in my life so far.” 

Previously in 2014, Komsic competed for Croatia in Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Games, where she highlighted the trip with a 33rd-place finish in the women’s slalom with a time of 1:58.60. Komsic also carded 35th in the giant slalom, with a run of 2:46.61.


 

 

In 2018, Komsic will again compete in both the slalom and the giant slalom. She’ll make her Pyeongchang debut on February 12 for the giant slalom and will follow it up a few days later on the 14th for the slalom.

Croatia is a very small country, with just around 4.2 million people, and sports success means a great deal within the society,” Komsic added. “Not a lot of people get the opportunity to compete with all the best athletes in the world, and I'm beyond grateful I got this chance. I worked really hard my entire life to get to the highest level of competitions, and being named to the National Olympic team is the best reward I could get.”

In her first year as a Pioneer, Komsic earned two first-team All-American honors in 2017, taking second in the slalom and fifth in the giant slalom. The Zagreb, Croatia, native was a first-team RMISA All-Conference skier and finished in the top-10 in every meet but one last season.


Komsic joins former Denver skiers Leif Haugen (Norway), Erik Read (Canada) and Trevor Philp (Canada) at the Olympic Games in South Korea.

Haugen will make his third Olympic appearance. While a member of the Pioneers, Haugen was named to the Norwegian Olympic ski team for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Haugen placed 28th in GS at the Vancouver Olympics and 16th in the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. The former Pioneers’ finish was the second-highest GS finish for a Pioneer in their Olympic history (Fred S. Chaffee (15th). Haugen also finished 12th in slalom at the 2014 Olympics. As a Pioneer, Haugen earned the NCAA individual title for GS in 2010, helping DU win its third straight NCAA Championship. Additionally, Haugen placed second in GS and third in slalom at the NCAA Championships as a member of the 2009 championship winning team.

Philp is making his second appearance in the Olympics after finishing 25th in the GS and having the 29th fastest first run in the slalom in his Olympic debut in Sochi four years ago. In his final year with the Pioneers in 2015, Philp won silver with Canada at the World Alpine Ski Championships in Vail, and took second place in the slalom and fourth in the giant slalom for the second-consecutive year at the 2015 NCAA Championships.

Read will make his Olympic debut in South Korea this winter. In 2017, Read finished third in the slalom and fifth in the GS at the NCAA Championships. In 2016, Read won the men’s slalom and finished third in the men’s GS at the NCAA Championships in Steamboat Springs.

In addition to Denver skiers in South Korea this winter, on January 1, Denver hockey junior Troy Terry was also named to the United States Olympic Hockey Team.

To join the conversation on Social Media, use the hashtag #OlympicPios. The U.S. Olympic Committee will also be using the hashtag #TeamUSAStudentAthlete to follow Terry and the other NCAA athletes competing for Team USA this winter.

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