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Haugen finishes 28th in Olympic competition

University of Denver sophomore alpine skier Leif Kristian Haugen battled to a 28th place finish in Tuesday’s giant slalom at the Vancouver Olympic Games.

Haugen was 32nd after the first run with a time of 1:19.58, which trailed leader Carlo Janka of Switzerland by 2.31 seconds. Haugen improved his standing with his second run, moving up four spots with a total time of 2:41.78.

Janka held on for the gold medal at 2:37.83, followed by two of Haugen’s Norwegian teammates. Kjetil Jansrud (2:38.22) claimed silver and Aksel Lund Svindal (2:38.44) took bronze.

In the two meets Haugen has skied for DU this season, he won both slalom races and was second in both giant slalom races. The effort qualified him for the NCAA championships.

Last year, Haugen led Denver to its 20th national title after finishing second in the giant slalom and third in the slalom at the 2009 NCAA Championships. His performance earned Haugen All-American First Team honors in both events.

Haugen will be return to the Pioneers team following the Olympic Games to help Denver defend its NCAA championship in Steamboat Springs, Colo., on March 10–13.

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