Congratulations to our Hometown Heroes

By Liz Millikin

Nothing compares to the excitement of watching the best of the best competing on the global stage. In the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, 2,873 athletes from 88 countries competed in 98 events, going for the gold.

It was an especially exciting Olympics for the Stratton Mountain School, which sent a record-breaking 14 athletes to the competition. In addition to the SMS athletes, two more Olympic competitors have strong ties to the Stratton community as relatives to ski patrollers past and present.

Highlights included Alex Deibold’s bronze medal in Men’s Snowboardercross in his first Olympics as a competitor. (Last Olympics, Deibold supported the US Snowboard team in Vancouver as a wax tech.) Cross country skiers Sophie Caldwell and Jessie Diggins both made history by finishing better in the Sprint Free and 4×5 Relay (respectively) than any other American woman in history. For Sandra Hendrickson, the honor was to compete in the first ever Women’s Olympic Ski Jump, making her sport the talk of the town.

We are incredibly proud of all our athletes and honored to be a part of their Olympic dreams.

In alphabetical order by last name, please allow me to introduce the Stratton Olympians.

Emily Bamford
Stratton Mountain School ’10.
Competed in Women’s Slalom (DNF 2nd run) and Women’s Giant Slalom (50th place).

Mac Bohonnon
Son of current Stratton Ski Patroller Dave Bohonnon.
Competed in Men’s Aerials (5th place).

Sophie Caldwell
Stratton Mountain School ’08 and SMS T2 athlete.
Competed in Women’s 10 km Classic (32nd place), Women’s Team Sprint Classic (8th place) and Women’s Sprint Free finishing in 6th place, the best US Women’s finish ever.

Danny Davis
Stratton Mountain School ’06.
Competed in Men’s Snowboarding Halfpipe (10th place).

Alex Deibold
Stratton Mountain School ’04.
Competed and medaled in Men’s Snowboardcross (3rd place – BRONZE).

Jessie Diggins
SMS T2 athlete.
Competed in Women’s 30km Mass Start Free (40th place), Women’s Skiathlon (8th place), Women’s Sprint Free (13th place) and Women’s 4x5km Relay with the best US Women’s finish ever (8th place).

Alexandra Duckworth
Stratton Mountain School ’05  (Canada)
Competed in Women’s Snowboarding Halfpipe (17th place).

Kris Freeman
Stratton Mountain School ’99
Competed in Men’s 50km Mass Start Free (57th place), Men’s 15km Classic (52nd place) and Men’s Skiathlon (54th place).

Simi Hamilton
SMS T2 athlete.
Competed in Men’s Team Sprint Classic (6th place) and Men’s Sprint Free (27th place).

Sandra Hendrickson
Granddaughter of retired Stratton Ski Patroller Scott Hendrickson.
Competed in the first ever Olympic Women’s Ski Jump (21st place).

Jackie Hernandez
Stratton Mountain School ’10
Competed in Women’s Snowboardercross (23rd place).

Lindsey Jacobellis
Stratton Mountain School ‘03
Competed in Women’s Snowboardercross (7th place).

Klara Krizova
Stratton Mountain School ’07  (Czech Republic)
Competed in Women’s Super-G (17th place), Women’s Downhill (21st place) and Women’s Super Combined (19th place).

Andy Newell
Stratton Mountain School ’02
SMS T2 athlete
Competed in Men’s 4x10km Relay (11th place) and Men’s Sprint Free (18th place).

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