Ashley Caldwell ’14 Named to the 2018 U.S. Winter Olympic Team

By Suzanne Lazar ’16, graduate student, SUNY Empire State College; editor, The Student Connection

February 8, 2018

The U.S. Olympic Team (TeamUSA) has named alumna Ashley Caldwell ’14, to the 2018 Winter Olympic Team, where she will compete in freestyle skiing, women’s aerials.

Caldwell, 24, a resident of Park City, Utah, is the current FIS World Cup champion in women’s aerials, has made three consecutive Winter Olympic Teams. 

Caldwell credits support from many others for her success.

“It’s not just my coaches and teammates,” said Caldwell, a native of Washburn, Va., and a resident of Utah. “Trainers, technicians, schedulers, my family and friends, and many others, have done so much to support me and I wouldn’t be where I am today without their efforts.”

According to TeamUSA’s announcement, “… (Caldwell) proved herself as a medal favorite when she won the 2017 world title and became the first woman to land a quadruple-twisting, triple flip, named ‘The Daddy.’”

The complete announcement from TeamUSA is available online.

Caldwell, a 2014 recipient of the Chancellors Award for Student Excellence will join alumna Erin Hamlin ’11, who was previously named to the team.

Opening ceremonies for the PyeongChang Olympics are scheduled for Friday, Feb 9.

Women’s luge competition begins Monday, Feb 12, and women’s aerial competition begins Thursday, Feb 15.

 

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