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A member of one of the East Coast’s premier nordic families, Vermont native Sophie Caldwell joins the U.S. Ski Team a year after graduating from Dartmouth College.

In 2013 she proved she belonged on the highest international stage, skiing in her first World Cup events and placing as high as 14th against the best skiers in the world. Caldwell was also invited to her first World Championships, where she qualified for the sprint final and then finished in the top-20.

In her senior year at Dartmouth, Caldwell podiumed twice at NCAA Championships, earning her All-America honors two times over (giving her five for her career). She has twice finished as runner-up at U.S. Championships and finished ninth in the classic sprint at the U23 World Championships.

Caldwell joins the U.S. Team in an Olympic year, giving her a shot to make the squad that will be heading to Sochi.

This was my first year out of college and I used the summer to focus on building a base and adding some more speed into my training. My goal was to be skiing fast in the early season races in hopes of qualifying for the December World Cups in Canada. I qualified for the sprint and distance World Cups and competed in my first World Cups ever! I ended up having one of my best results of the season in the Quebec World Cup sprint, placing 14th, and also scoring World Cup points in Canmore, placing 23rd in the sprint. Those results opened some doors for the rest of the season, qualifying me for World Championships and earning me some more sprint starts in World Cups.

The highlight of my season was racing the World Championships classic sprint, where I ended up 20th. It was an amazing experience and exciting to be a part of Team USA. I'm looking forward to getting some more international experience next year and am thrilled to be joining such a strong team! 

Sophie comes from a family of skiers and says she learned to walk and ski simultaneously. Both her grandpa and uncle were Olympic skiers, her dad is a ski coach and her mom was a ski racer. Sophie grew up with skiing in her backyard in Vermont, so it quickly became part of her lifestyle. Sophie’s 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 Sophie isn’t skiing, she likes to stay active running and hiking. She is very close with her family and has twin siblings who are two years younger than her. Sophie 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. 



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

Scored in three of first four events ever
14th, Team Sprint FS, Quebec, CAN, 2013
14th, Sprint FS, Quebec, CAN, 2013

2nd, Sprint 1 km FS, Midway, UT, 2013
2nd, Sprint 1 km FS, Rumford, ME, 2011

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