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A member of one of the East Coast’s premier nordic families, Vermont native Sophie Caldwell is now also a piece of U.S. Olympic history.

In just her second season on the U.S. Ski Team, the Dartmouth graduate made her first Olympic squad and finished sixth in the freestyle sprint—the highest ever finish for an American in the sprint events. She built on her Olympic success with a highly successful World Cup campaign, earning her first podium (a third) at the Lahti World Cup sprints and skiing to sixth in the overall World Cup Sprint standings.

Before earning a top-20 at World Championships in her inaugural season with the U.S. Ski Team, Caldwell podiumed twice at NCAA Championships during her senior year at Dartmouth College. The strong results earned her All-America honors two times over (giving her five for her career). She has also twice finished as runner-up at national championships and finished ninth in the classic sprint at the U23 World Championships.

Caldwell’s 2014 season vaulted her onto the U.S. Cross Country A Team, momentum she hopes to build upon going into the 2015 World Championships season.

This was the first season I spent doing the full World Cup circuit and it exceeded my expectations in every way. Being part of such a supportive team is what makes spending four months in Europe doable for me, and I definitely wasn't expecting to get these results going into the year. Making the Olympics has always been a dream of mine and coming in sixth made it a particularly special experience. I think I gained a lot of confidence and experience throughout the year, and by the end of the season, I felt comfortable holding my own and making it through the rounds in a sprint. I'm looking forward to building on our results from last year, and I think we have a pretty incredible team that can do great things next year!

Caldwell comes from a family of skiers and thinks that her learning to walk and learning to ski happened simultaneously. Her grandpa and uncle were both Olympic skiers, her dad is a ski coach, and her mom was a ski racer. Caldwell grew up with skiing in her backyard in Vermont, so it quickly became part of her lifestyle. Her parents encouraged her to try all kinds of sports growing up, but she eventually decided to focus on skiing, attending Stratton Mountain School for high school and then skiing for four years at Dartmouth College.

When Caldwell isn’t skiing, she likes to stay active in other ways—like running and hiking. She is very close with her family and has twin siblings who are two years younger than her. Caldwell enjoys spending as much time as possible with her siblings and cousins during the summer. She majored in psychology at Dartmouth and would like to eventually go back to school for education or psychology. 



Teams: 2014
6th, Sprint FS, Sochi, RUS, 2014
9th, 4x5k Team Relay, Sochi, RUS, 2014

Teams: 2013
20th, Sprint CL, Val di Fiemme, ITA, 2013

3rd, Sprint FS, Lahti, FIN, 2014
6th overall in World Cup sprint standings, 2014
Six World Cup top-10s, 2014
Scored points in three of first four career events
14th, Team Sprint FS, Quebec, CAN, 2013
14th, Sprint FS, Quebec, CAN, 2013

Five-time All-American at Dartmouth College
9th, Sprint CL, U23 World Championships, 2013
7th, 4x3.3k Relay, Praz de Lys Sommand, FRA, 2009