SMS athletes earn U.S. Team spots

STRATTON - Two Stratton Mountain School alumni have been newly named to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Teams this spring, one has moved up the U.S. Team ranks, and a 2013 graduate has been re-named to the U.S. Team. (U.S. Team officials say that alpine nominations will be finalized in the fall.)

Eric Beauchemin (SMS '10) was named to the Pro Slopestyle team of the U.S. Snowboard Team. Sophie Caldwell of Peru, Vt. was named to the Cross Country B-Team. Nick Krause (SMS '11), who has been on the alpine U.S. Ski Team Development Team, will likely be named to the U.S. Ski Team C-Team this fall. SMS recent graduate Serena Shaw (SMS '13) of Bondville, has been re-named to the U.S. Snowboard Rookie Halfpipe Team. These athletes join 12 other SMS alumni currently on U.S. Ski and Snowboard Teams.

"We are so proud of these athletes joining the ranks of the nearly 100 SMS athletes who have been named to national teams over the course of the past 40 years," said Chris Kaltsas, Headmaster. "Sophie, Eric and Nick have worked hard to earn a spot on the U.S. Team, and Serena will continue her stellar performance, and we will be cheering them on next season from Stratton Mountain School."

Caldwell graduated from SMS in 2008 and went on to ski for the Dartmouth Ski Team, became a five-time All-American and graduated in 2012. Caldwell went on to ski at the highest international levels in the 2012-13 season, and proved that she was up for the challenge, earning 14th in her two, first World Cups in Canada (individual Sprint and Team Sprint). At World Championships this season, Caldwell earned a phenomenal 20th in the Sprint. At U.S. Championships, she finished second in the Sprint, and at U23 World Championships, she finished 9th in the Sprint.

She was nominated to U.S. Team, B-Team and has set goals for herself next year.

"I'm really excited for next season. I was thrilled about the B-Team nomination and so far, the camps I've been at the past couple weeks have been great. I've looked up to many of the U.S. Ski Team athletes for a long time, so I'm trying to learn as much as possible from them while adding whatever I feel I can contribute to the group," she said.

"Sophie has paid her dues and worked hard over the course of her time, first at SMS, then Dartmouth, and beyond," said Sverre Caldwell, Nordic Program Director. "She has been training with the SMS T2 Team, and has made a nice transition to professional skier after college."

Nick Krause, Northborough, Mass., was named to the U.S. Ski Team's alpine development team in the fall of 2011 and has been working hard to move up the ranks of the country's best ski racers ever since. This year, Krause will move up to the C-Team in November. This past season, Krause consistently placed in the top-5 in FIS races, and had a breakout 3rd-place finish in Giant Slalom at the Vail Nor-Am Cup in Vail in January.

Eric Beauchemin, Grand Blanc, Michigan, had a standout year in 2013, earning 19th place in the World Snowboard Tour ranking in Slopestyle (SS). He has had four Slope World Cup starts in his career so far and one, top-10 finish. He took first in the O'Neill Pleasure Jam in Schladming, Austria; ninth in the USASA National Championships in Copper, Colo., and 12th in the Burton European Open in Laax, Switzerland.

"I am really excited to be apart of the U.S. Team," Eric said. "I believe they'll help me bring my snowboarding to a whole new level. Right now, all of my focus is to earn a spot on the Olympic team. I am really pushing myself for the next couple months physically and mentally, so I will be prepared for those runs at the Olympics."

"We're so happy for Eric, earning a spot on the Pro Slope Team," said SMS Snowboard Program Director Ross Powers (SMS '97). "He is such a workhorse and had this goal in sight for himself. With his hard work and ability to translate that to results in competition, he was able to make it happen."

Stratton Mountain School is a ski and snowboard academy located at the base of Stratton Mountain. SMS serves students in grades 7 - 12. The SMS community of students, faculty, coaches and staff share the pursuit of academic and athletic excellence.


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