Sophie's Woodland World
Posted on 19 November 2020
We are proud to present the second iteration of the Sophie's World Collection, featuring a brand-new fox-inspired print designed in collaboration with Olympic cross-country skier, and Vermonter, Sophie Caldwell Hamilton! This wintery woodland print supports Sophie as she races around the world this winter, and sets her sights on the World Cup Sprint podium. With many months of World Cup racing ahead, we'll be cheering loud for Sophie and the rest of the US Women's Ski Team!
40% of proceeds from the Sophie's World Collection go towards supporting Sophie's pursuit of more World Cup podiums, travels, and training camps.
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Born and raised in the small town of Peru, Vermont, Sophie Caldwell Hamilton has been cross-country skiing since she learned to walk. Hailing from a long line of distinguished cross-country skiers, Sophie qualified for both the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia and the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea and is now in her seventh year on the US Ski Team. Last season, Sophie's series was cut heartbreakingly short due to the spread of Covid-19. She spent her summer continuing her dryland training in Vermont and is looking forward to getting back on snow!
We caught up with Sophie to chat about her resiliency after last season's heartbreaking ending, being married to her teammate, and her goals for the upcoming season -
How did you adapt after last season's abrupt ending?
"Our season was cut short of the final three race series last winter and while we were heartbroken to not be able to put on a show for our home crowd, it was definitely the safest and smartest decision. We were lucky to only miss the last ten days of our World Cup season, but it was hard to swallow because in those last ten days we had planned to race in Quebec City, Minneapolis, and Canmore. It's pretty rare that we get World Cup races in North America and very rare that we get to host them in the U.S., so we were very sad to have them cancelled, but very proud of the decision they made to do so."
What did your off-season look like this year?
"A training season during the times of COVID has meant no national team camps and no travel for camps. It has been difficult not to see my teammates who train elsewhere in the country, but we are grateful that technology can still keep us in touch! I feel very lucky to be living in the state of Vermont during these times. Vermont has done an incredible job containing the outbreak and it's made me even more proud of this little state I love so much. So back to training...it really hasn't looked too different. I haven't traveled as much, but I have all the training I need out the door here and feel like I've settled into a good routine of training at home with my SMS T2 club team in southern Vermont."
We're all loving your print this year! Where did the inspiration for the design come from?
"I love my print too! It's tricky to know where to begin and I knew I loved the color blue, but I wanted it to be different from last year, so I started thinking about other themes that would be a fun print. I thought a kind of winter woodland theme would be fitting and I really like fox prints, so with the help of my cousin and aunt, I compiled a bunch of prints and color themes I liked, sent them to Skida, and they came back to me with exactly the print I was dreaming of! The way it came together seemed a little random, but the more I see it, the more I love it, and I think a woodland fox print can be a perfect theme for the winter. Hopefully we have a winter full of snow and can find plenty of time to spend outdoors (socially distanced) with the ones we love."
Congratulations on your first wedding anniversary! What's it like being married to your teammate?
"I am so grateful to be able to share this ski racing journey with my husband. I think it's one of the reasons we've been able to continue racing for as long as we have. We used to joke that we spent more time together than most married people do because we live the exact same lifestyle, but now we are married people, so I suppose that doesn't apply anymore. A lot of my teammates have to go long periods of time without seeing their significant others and loved ones and I am so impressed with how they handle that because I miss a lot of my friends and family while I'm on the road, but I'm so lucky to have Simi there with me every day."
What are your goals for the upcoming season?
"We are planning and preparing like we are going to have a normal World Cup season, but there will inevitably be some changes due to COVID. My goal is to go into the season with a flexible mindset. I want to remain inspired and excited to race, but I also want to be able to adapt to change and be flexible. World Championships in Oberstdorf Germany are the highlight of the season, but any sprint of the season will be a targeted race for me!"
What lessons have you learned from 2020?
"Lessons I've learned from 2020: If you take care of yourself, you can be more resilient than you think and before anything else, be kind."