14 Dartmouth Hopefuls To Compete In 2018 Olympics
Feb 08, 2018 04:34PM
● By Linda Ditch
Now that the Super Bowl has passed, it’s time to turn our focus to the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. There will be a number of athletes competing from Dartmouth College. Here’s a list of the Big Green competitors to cheer for in the coming weeks:
- Andrew Weibrecht: A three-time Olympian, Andrew is a two-time Olympic medalist, with a bronze in the Super G in Vancouver in 2010 and a silver in the same event in Sochi in 2014.
- Ida Sargent: A 13th place finish at the World Cup sprint race in January clinched Ida’s spot on the US cross-country skiing team. This is her second trip to the Olympics. In Sochi, she finished 19th in the sprint freestyle and 34th in the 10k classic. At Dartmouth, she was the Nordic team rookie of the year and an NCAA Academic All-American.
- Sophie Caldwell: This is her second time at the Olympics—her first was 2014—on the US cross-country team. At Sochi, she finished 6th in sprint freestyle, 7th in team sprint classic, and 30th in the 10K classic. She is the granddaughter of John Caldwell, who competed in Nordic combined and cross-country skiing at the 1952 Games.
- Patrick “Paddy” Caldwell: Sophie Caldwell’s cousin. Continuing a family tradition (his father, Tim, was a World Cup racer in the 1970s and ’80s), Paddy is a member of the US cross-country ski team. He grew up in Lyme, New Hampshire.
- Rosie Brennan: This first-time Olympian came to Dartmouth from Park City, Utah. She is a member of the cross-country ski team.
- Tommy Ford: This giant-slalom competitor is returning to the Olympics after recovering from a devastating right femur fracture in 2013. In 2010, he placed 26th in the giant slalom in Vancouver. A 10th place finish at the World Cup in Beaver Creek, Colorado in January qualified him for PyeongChang.
- Emily Dreissigacker: Coming in 5th at the International Biathlon Union World Cup race in January punched Emily’s ticket to the Olympics. However, the biathlon wasn’t her first sport. At Dartmouth, she was a member of the women’s rowing team and was named an All-American in 2009 and 2010. She took up biathlon in 2015.
- Susan Dunklee: At the Sochi Olympics, Susan placed 7th in the biathlon relay and 8th in the mixed relay with Team USA. Since her first season in biathlon, she’s finished in the top 12 of every World Championship. At Dartmouth, she was All-Ivy and All-Region with the cross-country track team, as well as first-team All-East with the Nordic ski team.
- Staci Mannella: At the 2014 Sochi Games, Staci was the youngest member of the US Paralympic Alpine Skiing Team. Visually impaired, she won a bronze in Super-combined in the 2017 World Championships with guide Sadie DeBaun. At Dartmouth, she is a member of the equestrian team.
- Laura Schuler: The Dartmouth women’s hockey coach will be at these Olympics coaching the Canadian women’s team.
- Laura Stacey: An All-Ivy First Team and Academic All-Ivy while she played hockey for the Big Green, Laura has spent the last year playing for Brampton in the Canadian Woman’s Hockey League, where she was named rookie of the year. She is a member of Team Canada for these Olympics.
- Tucker Murphy: A former member of the Big Green Nordic ski team and a Dartmouth Rhodes scholar, he will compete in cross-country skiing for Bermuda.
- David Chodounsky: David qualified in late January to compete in men’s slalom for the US Team. His standing is the highest American standing in the World Cup slalom at 29th.
- Nolan Kasper: Nolan also qualified for the men’s slalom as the second-highest ranked American in the World Cup standings. He placed 13th in slalom at the Sochi Olympics, which was the highest American finish.
Congratulations to all who have made it thus far--We are rooting you!