If cross-country skiing were a royal family, Sophie Caldwell would likely be the Dutchess of Stratton. The 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 one of the top U.S. woman to race in an Olympic Winter Games.
The 2015-16 season was a historic one for Caldwell. She scored a career first World Cup win in a 1.2k classic sprint, after out-lunging Norway’s Heidi Weng in the finals of the third stage of the Tour de Ski in Oberstdorf, Germany. It was the first time a U.S. skier had won a classic sprint. Caldwell was also a part of the historic 4x5k relay team, who scored a second place finish in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic. It was the best ever U.S. women’s relay finish, as strong opening classic legs—one skied by Caldwell—set the team up for success.
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.
OFF THE SNOW
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.
Q: What is your favorite memory as a competitor?
A: Going to my first Olympics with all the other rookies on the team. We were like little kids in a candy shop!
Q: Are you involved with any nonprofits, charities or social causes?
A: My passion as far as outreach goes is to expose kids to sport, particularly girls, and to keep them healthy, active, and motivated to pursue something they love. Girls on the Run, Fast and Female, YES Kids.
Q: Who's the most famous person you've ever met?
A: Jessie Diggins!
- Stratton Mountain School Elite Team
- 2014 Sochi
- 2018 Pyeongchang
- Dartmouth College
- Years on Team: 5
5th, 4x5k Team Relay, Pyeongchang, KOR, 2018
6th, Sprint FS, Sochi, RUS, 2014
8th, Sprint CL, Pyeongchang, KOR, 2018
9th, 4x5k Team Relay, Sochi, RUS, 2014
6th, Sprint FS, Lahti, FIN, 2017
10th, Sprint CL, Falun, SWE, 2015
20th, Sprint CL, Val di Fiemme, ITA, 2013
1st, Sprint FS, Seefeld, AUS, 2018
1st, Sprint CL, Oberstdorf, GER, 2016
2nd, 4x5k Relay, Nove Mesto, CZE, 2016
5th, Team Sprint FS, Plancia, SLO, 2016
6th, Sprint FS, Davos, SUI, 2015
7th, Sprint FS, Rybinsk, RUS, 2015
3rd, Sprint FS, Lahti, FIN, 2014
7th, Overall in World Cup Sprint Standings, 2015-16
6th, Overall in World Cup Sprint Standings, 2013-14
STAGE WORLD CUP
2nd, Sprint FS, Lenzerheide, SUI, 2017
4th, Sprint FS, FIS Tour de Ski, Lenzerheide, SUI, 2016
10th, Sprint FS, Ski Tour Canada, Quebec City, CAN, 2016
11th, Sprint FS, Ski Tour Canada, Canmore, Alberta, CAN, 2016
7th, Sprint FS, FIS Tour de Ski, Val Mustair, SUI, 2015
Five-time All-American at Dartmouth College