The Colorado School of Mines Mining Team returned to Golden as world champions following the 34th International Intercollegiate Mining Games in Cornwall, England, March 29–April 1.
Thirty-six teams representing 16 different schools from around the world gathered for the competition at the historic Kind Edward Mine.
The Colorado School of Mines co-ed team finished first overall, after taking first place in the hand steel and hand mucking competition and placing in the top three in six out of the seven total events. The men’s team finished eleventh overall.
While mining competitions have been an integral part of the student experience at Mines for decades, this is the first year the university has participated in the International Intercollegiate Mining Games.
The team hopes to build on the success of this year’s competition as they prepare to host the 35th International Intercollegiate Mining Games at Colorado School of Mines in 2013.
“It is an honor to have the opportunity to host such an event and planning has already begun,” said student Patricia Capistrant, a member of the Mines team. “As a school with a long legacy in mining, the team hopes to put on an event that offers a truly Colorado experience.”
About the International Intercollegiate Mining Games
The International Intercollegiate Mining Games began in 1978 as a way to honor 91 miners who died in a fire at the Sunshine Mine in northern Idaho. Mining schools throughout the world have alternated hosting the event each year. Teams represent universities throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia, England, Germany and Holland. The competition is comprised of seven events including track stand, ore muck, suede saw, gold pan, hand steel, jackleg and survey.