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If cross-country skiing were a royal family, Sophie Caldwell would likely the Dutchess of Stratton. The 25-year-old granddaughter to John Caldwell, a former Olympian and the author of the first American guide to cross country skiing, Sophie grew up at the Stratton Mountain School, where her father, Sverre served as headmaster before settling in as the program director for the cross country and elite teams.

For her part, Caldwell has been an NCAA podium finisher, a World Cup podium finisher and the top U.S. woman to race in an Olympic games with her sixth place finish in the Sochi freestyle sprint. 2014 and 2015 saw multiple top ten finishes from the dynamic Vermonter, an impressive feat after a fall elbow injury left her without key poling training in the weeks leading to the start of the season. “I’m focused on results across both sprinting and distance races,” Caldwell said during the season. 

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, 2015
10th, Sprint CL, Falun, SWE, 2015
20th, Sprint CL, Val di Fiemme, ITA, 2013

7th, FIS Tour de Ski Sprint, Val Mustair, CHE, 2015
7th, Sprint FS, Rybinsk, RUS, 2015
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