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Sophie Caldwell Snags Second Place In Sprint Cross-Country Skiing

By Karen Price | Feb. 09, 2019, 11:15 a.m. (ET)

Sophie Caldwell competes during the Ladies' 4x5km Relay on day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on Feb. 17, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.


Two-time Olympian Sophie Caldwell finished on the podium for the third time this season with a second-place finish in Saturday’s cross-country world cup sprint in Lahti, Finland. 

The 28-year-old from Peru, Vermont, was second in her quarterfinal heat and first in her semifinal heat to move into the six-person final. She finished just .11 seconds behind winner Maiken Caspersen Falla of Norway, who won with a time of 2:43.64. Caldwell had a time of 2:43.75 followed by Sweden’s Maja Dahlqvist in third in 2:44.01. 

Caldwell was the lone American to make it into the semifinals. Ida Sargent and Kelsey Phinney saw their day end in the quarterfinal heats.

This is Caldwell’s third second-place finish of the season. She is currently fourth overall in the world cup sprint standings.

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Last season, Caldwell finished third in the world cup sprint standings and was just the second American to finish in the top three at the end of the sprint season, along with Kikkan Randall. Caldwell was eighth in the sprint classic at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

She and fellow cross-country skier Simi Hamilton recently announced their engagement on social media. 

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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