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Height
5-7
Weight
140
 

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Caldwell was a competitive gymnast for 11 years at Apex Gymnastics in Virginia. She watched Olympic skiing on TV and thought that it would be “totally awesome” to do aerials. After only three years of aerials training, Caldwell made the U.S. Ski Team at a Selection Event at the beginning of the 2010 season and went on to have a stellar rookie season.

In 2010 at 16 years old, Caldwell put the world of aerials on notice as she claimed top-15 results in each of her first three World Cup competitions, finished 10th at the Olympics and claimed a silver medal at the U.S. National Championships (a feat she repeated in 2011). She went on to earn her first two podiums during the 2011 season with only four World Cups under her belt, and one of those podiums included a victory at her beloved Lake Placid.

A series of knee injuries left Caldwell off the competition circuit for over two years, but that didn't stop Caldwell from returning to the 2014 season as an unstoppable force. Caldwell took second at the Beida Lake World Cup, securing her an Olympic spot. Caldwell went on to become the first U.S. woman to perform a full, full, full and landed herself a 10th at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.

FIRST TRACKS
After 11 years of gymnastics training, Caldwell picked up aerials quickly. “The strength and acrobatic skills I acquired as a gymnast really translated well into my skiing career,” she says. Watching the 2006 Winter Games on TV inspired her, and, at age 13, she decided to become a freestyle competitor. A trip to the Lake Placid water ramps in the summer of 2007 to train alongside the U.S. Ski Team proved fateful. After a summer at the pool at Waterville Valley Ski Academy, she took it to the snow and was invited to join Dmitriy Kavunov's Elite Aerial Program. Two years later she joined the U.S. Ski Team, became an Olympian and was named the FIS women's aerials Rookie of the Year.

OFF THE SNOW
According to Caldwell, she is kind of a math and science geek. “I love school more than any one I know, that might be because online school allows me to go whenever I want,” she says. “I also love going to the beach with my family.”

 

Highlights

OLYMPICS
Team: 2010, 2014
10th, AE, Vancouver, CAN, 2010
10th, AE, Sochi, RUS, 2014

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Teams: 2011

4th, AE, Deer Valley, UT, 2011

WORLD CUP (highlights)
2nd, AE, Beida Lake, CHN, 2014
Two World Cup podiums including one victory, 2011

Ranked eighth in the World Cup overall aerials standings, 2011

Three World Cup top-15 finishes in rookie season, 2010

FIS World Cup rookie of the year for women’s aerials, 2010

OTHER
2014 U.S. National Champion
2010 and 2011 U.S. Nationals silver medalist

Four-time NorAm winner