Sophie Caldwell competes in the women's 4x5-kilometer at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on Feb. 17, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Sophie Caldwell rounded out an impressive 2017-18 cross-country world cup season with a sixth-place finish in Friday’s final race in Falun, Sweden, and a third-place finish in the season’s sprint standings.
The two-time Olympian is just the second American to finish in the top three at the end of the sprint season, following Kikkan Randall, who has done so four times, including three seasons in which she won.
The 27-year-old Caldwell, who is from Peru, Vermont, had three individual podium finishes this season, including a win at Seefeld, Austria, in January, as well as one team podium finish. She has five individual world cup podium finishes overall. Her previous best overall finish in the world cup sprint standings was seventh place in 2016.
While Caldwell was the top American in Friday’s sprint final, she wasn’t alone in the top 10.
Jessie Diggins finished just behind her in seventh and Sadie Bjornsen was ninth. Randall finished 15th. That foursome finished fifth in the women’s 4x5-kilometer last month at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, which was the best-ever relay finish for the American women at the Olympics. They were just 36.8 seconds out of a medal finish.
Caldwell finished eighth in the sprint classic at the Olympics.