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Athletes retirement of Sophie Caldwell-Hamilton

Mar 30, 2021·Cross-Country
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After eight years in the World Cup and 139 World Cup, 7 World Championships and 5 Olympic Winter Games starts, it was time to put on the race bib one last time at the Engadin World Cup. At least this was the plan for the 31 year-old, but despite of a false positive Covid-19 test, Sophie had to be quarantined and missed her last World Cup appearance.

Even if the end of her career did not turn out as one would have hoped for, Sophie Caldwell-Hamilton can look back on a very successful time as a professional athlete. From her first World Cup competition in December 2012 in Québec (CAN), to her first World Cup podium 2013 in Lahti (along with her team colleague and idol Kikkan Randall) to her first World Cup victory 2016 in the Sprint C in Oberstdorf, Sophie has always taken the team into account for any successes she celebrated.

“The teammates I’ve had looked me in the eye and told me they were proud to be my teammate when I won my first World Cup and looked me in the eye and told me they were proud to be my teammate when I imploded on the first leg of the relay at the Olympics. My coach stood next to me on the best day of my life and sat with me on the hardest day of my life, neither of which had anything to do with skiing. The feeling of going into the wax truck after a special result and having the techs erupt in cheers, sharing the giddiness of your first Olympics with some of your best friends, and chatting your way through beautiful skis on the days between racing are what makes this life so special.»Sophie Caldwell-Hamilton on

It was a great pleasure having Sophie along the World Cup circuit and she will be dearly missed. Nevertheless, the FIS Cross-Country family wishes her all the best for the upcoming new chapters in life.

Thank you Sophie for all you have contributed to Cross-Country skiing!

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