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Sophie Caldwell Off To Stellar World Cup Start With Cross-Country Skiing Silver

By Karen Price | Dec. 15, 2018, 11:56 a.m. (ET)

Sophie Caldwell competes at the Winter Olympic Games PyeongChang 2018 on Feb. 13, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.


The world cup cross-country season is still new, but already two-time Olympian Sophie Caldwell has found her first podium finish.

Caldwell finished second in the women’s 1.5-kilometer sprint Saturday in Davos, Switzerland, sandwiched in between Swedish skiers Stina Nilsson, the defending Olympic champion in the individual sprint, and Maja Dahlqvist.

Caldwell had the fastest time in qualifying at 2 minutes, 46.28 seconds. She was just .72 seconds off of Nilsson’s winning time of 2:41.34 in the final.

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Sadie Bjornsen, Ida Sargent, Jessie Diggins and Rosie Brennan also advanced to the heats but did not move past the quarterfinals.

The U.S. cross-country team is coming off an historic season in which it earned 17 world cup podiums and Kikkan Randall and Diggins won the first Olympic gold medal in team sprint in PyeongChang.

It was also an impressive year for Caldwell, who finished third in the world cup sprint standings and became just the second American to finish in the top three at the end of the sprint season, following Randall, who has done so four times. Caldwell, a 28-year-old from Peru, Vermont, was eighth in the sprint classic in PyeongChang.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc. 

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