UPDATE (Feb. 9): Two more Dartmouth skiers were named to Team USA for the Olympics shortly before the games were to begin. Tricia Mangan ’19 and Alice Merryweather ’21 (who will begin her classes in March) replaced injured skiers on the team and quickly flew to South Korea in time for the opening ceremonies. With the two additions, Dartmouth has 13 athletes competing for Team USA, eight of whom have competed for the Big Green, and a total of 15 competitors in Pyeongchang. For a story on Mangan and Merryweather being selected, Team USA put out a feature story on the duo.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A total of 11 Dartmouth alumni were named to the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team as announced on Friday by the United States Olympic Committee. Of those 11 athletes, eight competed for the Big Green as an undergraduate, earning numerous All-America accolades during their careers.
Two other Dartmouth alumni also will compete at the Pyeongchang Games as representatives of other countries, bringing the college’s grand total of alumni competing to 13. On top of that, Laura Schuler — who is taking a year off as the Big Green women’s hockey coach — is serving as the head coach of the Canadian women’s hockey team.
The Pyeongchang Games mark the first Olympic appearance for Rosie Brennan ’11, Patrick Caldwell ’17, Emily Dreissigacker ’11 and Annie Hart ’14. Meawhile, Sophie Caldwell ’12, David Chodounsky ’08, Susan Dunklee ’08 and Ida Sargent ’11 will be returning to the Olympic stage for the second time after competing in Sochi in 2014.
The three athletes who did not compete collegiately for the Big Green are Tommy Ford ’12, Nolan Kasper ’14 and Andrew Weibrecht ’09. Both Kasper and Weibrecht are competing in their third Olympic games, the latter of whom has medaled in each of his first two appearances (bronze in the super-G in 2010, silver in 2014), while Ford is returning for his second Olympics having finished 26th in the giant slalom in Vancouver in 2010.
Rosie Brennan achieved All-America status in both NCAA races every one of her four years, earning first-team honors five times and second-team the other three. While this is her first Olympics with Team USA, she has experience in the World Championships in 2015 and 2017, with her top showing a fourth-place finish in the 4x5K relay in 2015.
The youngest Dartmouth Olympian this year, Patrick Caldwell was a three-time All-American for the Big Green and the NCAA champion in the Nordic freestyle as a sophomore. He was seemingly destined to ski in the Olympics as his father, Tim Caldwell ’76, competed in four Winter Olympics. Patrick competed at the inaugural World Youth Olympic Games in 2012, winning the bronze medal in the cross-country biathlon mixed relay, and also took 10th in the skiathlon at the FIS Junior World Championships in 2014.
Making her second appearance at the Winter Olympics is Caldwell’s cousin, Sophie Caldwell, who posted the best finish for a female cross-country skier at the Olympics ever when she took sixth in the freestyle sprint at Sochi, plus eighth in the team classic sprint. She was a five-time NCAA All-American for Dartmouth, and two years ago won the 1.2K classic sprint race at the World Cup, the first U.S. skier to win a classic sprint.
David Chodounsky is a veteran making his second trip to the Olympics after earning his spot in the slalom at the World Cup event just a week ago. An NCAA champion in the slalom as a freshman back in 2005, he achieved first-team All-America status in the slalom three times during his collegiate career. He has competed at the World Championships four times, finishing as high as 11th in the giant slalom and 12th in the slalom just last year.
Emily Dreissigacker comes from a family of Olympians, including her sister, Hannah ’09, who competed at Sochi in the biathlon four years ago. Although Emily competed at Junior Nationals several times in high school, she took a slightly different path to the Olympics. A three-time All-America rower for the Big Green, she hoped to follow in the oar strokes of her parents, who both were Olympic rowers. But that was not in the cards for her, so she returned to the snow and took up the biathlon in 2015, earning her spot on Team USA in early January.
Joining Dreissigacker in the biathlon is Susan Dunklee, making her second trip to the Olympics following a strong showing in Sochi. A three-sport athlete at Dartmouth in skiing, cross country and track & field, Dunklee was a three-time All-American in Nordic skiing. She also became the first U.S. woman ever to medal at the Biathlon World Championships, taking the silver in the 12.5K Mass Start a year ago in Austria. Another second-generation Olympian, Dunklee’s father, Stan, competed as a cross-country skier for Team USA in 1976 and ’80.
Annie Hart, along with Patrick Caldwell, was named to the team at the end of last week as a discretionary pick. At Dartmouth, she was a five-time All-American with her top NCAA finish coming as a sophomore, placing fourth in the 15K classic. A Minnesota native, Hart finished second overall at the 2016 U.S. Super Tour and competed twice at the FIS U23 World Championships with solid performances in 2013 and ’15.
The Dartmouth Class of 1976 Award winner as the department’s outstanding female athlete of the year in 2010, Ida Sargent is making her second Olympic appearance after placing 19th in the freestyle sprint and 33rd in the 10K classic at Sochi. Shortly after being named to the Olympic team this year, she teamed up with Sophie Caldwell in the World Cup team sprint in Dresden, Germany, claiming a spot on the podium in third.
Dartmouth will also have two other former student-athletes competing for other countries in Pyeongchang, South Korea, with Laura Stacey ’16 — a women’s hockey team captain and two-time All-Ivy pick — competing as a member of the Canadian women’s hockey team, and Rhodes Scholar Tucker Murphy ’04 for the third time on the cross-country skiing trails for Bermuda.
The Pyeongchang Games kick off Feb. 9 and will conclude Feb. 25. Alpine skiing will be contested Feb. 11-24 at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre, biathlon competition runs Feb. 10-23 at the Alpensia Biathlon Centre and cross-country skiing will be Feb. 10-25 at the Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Centre. Check in with the Dartmouth News Olympic Notebook blog to keep up with stories about the Big Green Olympians.