It appears that Vermont may, yet again, be the driving force behind the United States ski team heading to the 2018 Winter Olympics. Vermont sent thirteen competitors to Sochi in 2014, but this year will see nearly twenty Vermonters suit up for the Pyeongchang Olympics. This, however, is no surprise—Vermont routinely tops the quadrennial list of Olympians per capita. Below are a few profiles, and some recent news clips, from these Green Mountain State athletes.
Sophie Caldwall—Cross-Country Skiing
Sophie is a five-time All-American at Dartmouth College. She had a breakout performance at Sochi, finishing sixth in sprint freestyle. She is the third generation of her family to compete in the Olympic games.
Hailing from West Dover, Clark is the most decorated Olympic snowboarder of all time. She won gold in Salt Lake City (2002) and took the bronze in Vancouver and Sochi. This will be her fifth Olympic games.
Ryan Cochran-Siegle—Alpine Skiing
Cochran-Siegle is making his Olympic debut this year. He is the son of 1972 gold medalist Barbara Ann Cochran.
Dreissigacker is a former Dartmouth All-American rower, and Pyeongchang will be her first ever Olympic games. She is the fourth member of her family to compete in the Olympics; her sister competed in biathlon in Sochi, and her parents rowed in multiple games.
Devin Logan—Freestyle Skiing
Raised in West Dover, Logan qualified for the halfpipe several months ago. However, she still has a chance to earn a spot in slopestyle—she took a silver medal in this event at the 2014 Sochi games.
Liz Stephen—Cross-Country Skiing
This will be Stephen’s third Olympic appearance. Having grown up around Montpelier and Burke Mountain, she will be an asset in the Americans’ strong relay squads.