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Brudevoll and Normannseth Finish 1-2 in Men's Slalom as Utah Extends Lead at RMISA Invite

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 • by Ron Knabenbauer, Special To RMISA

SNOWBIRD, Utah—The University of Utah won each team event on Tuesday and extended its lead at the RMISA Invitational at Westminster/Soldier Hollow after the Utes' Bjorn Brudevoll finished first and Wilhelm Normannseth second in both slalom races at Snowbird Resort.

Utah gained 171 points on the day and now lead the RMISA Invite with 350 total points heading into the Nordic competition. UU won the Alpine portion of the meet after also winning the women's overall slalom team competition on Monday.

Brudevoll and Normannseth, both freshmen from Oslo, Norway, were on top of the leaderboard in the two races on Tuesday, with Brudevoll picking up his the second and third victories of his career. Brudevoll won the morning race in a total time of 1:31.96 after posting the second-fastest mark in both the first (44.48) and second runs (47.48). His first career victory came in the first slalom race at the Colorado Invitational on Jan. 13.

Normannseth had the quickest first run in race No. 1 at 44.43 and finished with a total time of 1:32.74. Normannseth's two runner-up placements marked a new career best and his second and third collegiate podiums after finishing third in the second slalom race at the CU Invite.

On the afternoon slalom course, Brudevoll had the fastest first run at 42.92 while Normannseth was second quickest at 43.29. Brudevoll had the third-best time on his second run and held onto his lead to return to the top of the stage. He was the only skier to produce a total time under 90 seconds, finishing in 1:29.32, nearly a second ahead of Normannseth's 1:30.40 mark.

Directly behind the two Utes in each race were Colorado's Filip Forejtek and Westminster's Francesco Gori. Forejtek earned his fourth podium of the season by coming in third in the morning session before switching spots in the afternoon with Gori, who reached the stand for the second time in his career.

Gori led a group of Griffins in the top 10 in race No. 1 as they had Mikkel Solbakken in fifth and Martin Arene in seventh, but WMC couldn't climb past Utah in the team standings

Led by Brudevoll and Normannseth's podium appearances, Utah won the first team slalom with 94 points. Joachim Lien came in sixth place for the school as well but was designated as a non-team scorer, so Tomas Birkner's 11th-place result helped the Utes get the top spot.

Louis Fausa (ninth) joined his teammate Forejtek in the top 10 in the morning to help Colorado take third (75 points), while Montana State was fourth with 67 points after Louis Muhlen-Schulte was eighth, Aage Solheim 10th and Dawson Yates 12th.

UU edged Westminster by only three points in the afternoon race, winning 89-86, with again its two podium skiers helping it to victory. Lien took fifth place, while Gustav Voello scored for the school in 25th.

WMC's other two scorers in the second slalom event were Francesco Galdiolo in sixth and Alexander Coltier in ninth, while Gustav Dalmalm was close behind in 11th.

CU again came in third in the second competition by registering 68 points, while Denver edged Montana State for fourth place by only half a point, 58.5-58.

The RMISA Invitational at Westminster and Soldier Hollow now moves to the Nordic portion with the women's 5K and men's 10K classic on Feb. 22 and the women's 10K and men's 15K freestyle on Feb. 23.

The Alpine skiers will wrap up their regular season later this week with giant slalom action. The women compete on Thursday and the men on Friday at Park City Resort to close out the RMISA Invitational at Utah.

RMISA Invitational at Westminster/Soldier Hollow Team Standings (through 4 of 8 events): 1. Utah (163), 2. Denver (157), 3. Colorado (141), 4. Montana State (140), 5. Westminster (127.5), 6. Alaska Anchorage (97.5), 7. Colorado Mountain (72)

Men's Slalom #1 Top 10 Individual Results: 1. Bjorn Brudevoll, UU, 1:31.96; 2. Wilhelm Normannseth, UU, 1:32.74; 3. Filip Forejtek, CU, 1:32.92; 4. Francesco Gori, WMC, 1:33.00; 5. Mikkel Solbakken, WMC, 1:33.14; 6. Joachim Lien, UU, 1:34.01; 7. Martin Arene, WMC, 1:34.21; 8. Louis Muhlen-Schulte, MSU, 1:34.27; 9. Louis Fausa, CU, 1:34.37; 10. Aage Solheim, MSU, 1:34.87

Men's Slalom #1 Team Results: 1. Utah (98), 2. Westminster (87), 3. Colorado (75), 4. Montana State (67), 5. Denver (46), 6. Alaska Anchorage (44), 7. Colorado Mountain (27)

Men's Slalom #2 Top 10 Individual Results: 1. Bjorn Brudevoll, UU, 1:29.32; 2. Wilhelm Normannseth, UU, 1:30.40; 3. Francesco Gori, WMC, 1:30.94; 4. Filip Forejtek, CU, 1:31.37; 5. Joachim Lien, UU, 1:32.57; 6. Francesco Galdiolo, WMC, 1:32.92; 7. Simon Fournier, DU, 1:33.35; 8. Dawson Yates, MSU, 1:33.65; 9. Alexander Coltier, WMC, 1:33.71; 10. Didrik Nilsen, UAA, 1:34.01

Men's Slalom #2 Team Results: 1. Utah (89), 2. Westminster (86), 3. Colorado (67), 4. Denver (58.5), 5. Montana State (58), 6. Alaska Anchorage (56.5), 7. Colorado Mountain (29)

Team Notes: Utah won three of the four Alpine team events at the meet ... It was the school's second men's Alpine team win of the season (Denver Invitational slalom #2) ... Utah also won the women's team competition on Monday, marking the first time it has won both the men's and women's Alpine events at a meet since the 2014 RMISA Championship at Beaver Creek, Colorado ... Utah and Westminster both placed six skiers in the top 10, three in each race ... Utah leads by 49.5 points over Westminster, which does not field a Nordic squad, and a 67-point advantage over third place Colorado. Montana State is 85 points behind while Denver is 88.5

Individual Notes: Utah rookie Bjorn Brudevoll picked up his second and third career wins of his career (also won CU Invite Slalom No. 1 on Jan. 13) ... Fellow Ute rookie Wilhelm Normannseth has now reached the podium in three consecutive races after also coming in third in slalom No. 2 at the CU Invite ... He has finished in the top 10 in all three races he's finished this season ... Filip Forejtek of Colorado recorded his fourth podium of the season in the first race and the 10th of his career ... He's finished in the top five in all five races he's finished this year ... Westminster freshman Francesco Gori recorded his second podium of his career and has posted top-five finishes in each of his last four races, all of which have been in the slalom ... Westminster teammate Mikkel Solbakken came in fifth in the first race, which marked his fifth straight top-five result and 10th of his career ... Solbakken has been in the top 10 in seven of the eight slalom races he's finished in his career ... Utah's Joachim Lien participated in his first races of the season and was designated as a non-scoring skier for the team on the day ... He posted sixth and fifth-place finishes and now has 17 top-five and 22 top-10 placements in his career ... Westminster's Martin Arene came in seventh in Race No. 1 to record back-to-back top 10 finishes (sixth in CU Invite Slalom No. 2 on Jan. 13), the third time he's accomplished the feat and his first since 2019 when he placed eighth in the slalom at the RMISA Championships and seventh in giant slalom at the NCAA Championship ... Montana State's Louis Muhlen-Schulte was the highest scoring Montana State skier in the first race in eighth and finished in the top 10 in each of the first five races of the season and eight overall ... Muhlen-Schule, who came in 22nd in race No. 2, had placed in the top 10 in each of his previous five slalom events he's finished dating back to the Utah Invitational on Feb. 23, 2020 ... CU rookie Louis Fausa came in ninth in the first event to register his third top-10 finish of the season and his second in slalom ... MSU's Aage Solheim (10th) recorded his fourth top 10 of the season, with three coming in slalom ... Solheim had placed in the top 10 in five of his previous six slalom races dating back to last season before not being able to finish the second race on Tuesday ... Rookie Francesco Galdiolo of Westminster came in sixth in race No. 2, setting a new career high and picking up his first top-10 finish ... Galdiolo produced the fastest time in the second run of the second race at 45.66 ... Denver's Simon Fournier participated in his first races of the season and came in seventh in the afternoon session, his 12th career top 10 and ninth such instance in slalom ... WMC's Alexander Coltier came in ninth in the second race to tie a career best for slalom and marking his first top 10 of the season and fourth of his career ... Alaska Anchorage's Didrik Nilsen's 10th place finish in Race No. 2 marked a new career best in slalom ... Nilsen now has three top 10s this season (other two in giant slalom) and six in his career ... Colorado's Alex Birkner had the fastest second run in the morning race at 47.28 ... Simon Fournier (13th, Denver), Moro Bamber (18th, Alaska Anchorage) and Sergi Piguillem (20th, Colorado Mountain College) were the highest placed skiers for their respective schools in race No. 1 ... Louis Nguyen (17th) had the best finish for CMC in the second race.

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