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Nine SMS Athletes Named to the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team

February 08, 2018

Nine Stratton Mountain School athletes have been named to Team USA and will compete in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games this February.

Current student and Freeskier, Caroline Claire ‘18 (Manchester Center, VT), will join Nordic skiers Patrick Caldwell ‘12 (Lyme Center, NH) and Anne Hart (Stillwater, MN), along with Alpine ski racer Alice Merryweather ‘15 (Hingham, MA) in making their Olympic debut.

Nordic skiers Sophie Caldwell ‘08 (Peru, VT) and Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) will compete in their second Olympic Games, while their teammate Simi Hamilton (Aspen, CO) returns for his third games. Snowboarding Olympic silver medalist, Lindsey Jacobellis ‘03 (Stratton Mountain, VT), and Nordic skier Andy Newell ‘02 (Shaftsbury, VT) have qualified for the past four Winter Olympics.

Collectively, these athletes hold nineteen Olympic Team placements. Hart, Diggins, and Hamilton are members of the SMS T2 Team, which is a group of elite Nordic skiers based at Stratton Mountain School.

“We are pleased to have Stratton Mountain School athletes representing the United States at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang,” stated Stratton Mountain School Headmaster, Chris Kaltsas. “The entire community is excited to watch these athletes compete at the highest level of their sports.”

Since 1972, Stratton Mountain School has helped more than 100 alumni make national teams, and 46 go on to compete in the Olympics. SMS athletes have won a combined total of five Olympic medals and have captured 75 Olympic Team placements.

Stratton Mountain School is an independent boarding and day school that focuses on college preparatory academics and competitive winter sports. Located at the base of Stratton Mountain, SMS is accredited by NEASC, is a member of NAIS, and is an official U.S. Ski & Snowboard Development Site.

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