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Vermont Olympians Honored at Statehouse

Vermont Olympians who competed in the 2014 Winter Olympics were honored at the Statehouse on Wednesday.
MONTPELIER, Vt.  Vermont Olympians who competed in the 2014 Winter Olympics were honored at the Statehouse on Wednesday.

A press release says the athletes were recognized by Governor Shumlin and on the floor of the Vermont House of Representatives. They were presented medallions created by Windsor, Vt. glassblower Simon Pearce.

“You made your state proud,” Gov. Shumlin said. “We cheered for you, celebrated your performances, and were thrilled that such outstanding athletes represented Vermont in the Winter Olympics.”

Five Olympic athletes were in attendance they were:

Hannah Kearney / Norwich, Vt.
2014 Sochi Olympics: Took home bronze medal in the Women’s Freestyle Moguls
History: Hannah was the defending Olympic champion in women's moguls, after winning gold in Vancouver in 2010. She is a two-time world champion and four-time national champ, who has also dominated World Cup competition to the tune of three overall moguls crowns and a pair of overall freestyle titles.

Ida Sargent / Orleans, Vt.
2014 Sochi Olympics: Cross country, 19th in Women's Free Sprint; 34th in Women's 10k Classic
History: Sargent enjoyed a strong competitive season in 2013 on the World Cup circuit, with three top-10s in team sprints, two top-10s in individual sprints and two top-20s in distance races. She competed in college at Dartmouth, where she helped lead the Big Green to undefeated seasons in 2009 and 2010.

Sophie Caldwell / Stratton Mount School - Peru, Vt.
2014 Sochi Olympics: Cross country, 6th in Women's Free Sprint; 32nd in Women's 10k Classic; 8th in Team Sprint Classic
History: Placed 20th in the individual sprint at the 2013 World Championships. Was a  five-time All-American at Dartmouth.

Liz Stephen / Burke Mountain Academy - East Montpelier, Vt.
2014 Sochi Olympics: Cross country, 12th in Women's Skiathlon 7.5k; 9th in Women's 4x5k Relay
History: Ended 15th in the 2013 World Cup distance standings and was 4th in the 4x5km relay, which was the highest of any U.S. women's relay team in history and 5th in the 10km freestyle at 2013 World Championships. Stephen won her first U.S. championship at age 19.

Susan Dunklee / Barton, Vt.
2014 Sochi Olympics: Biathlon, 14th in 7.5k Sprint;18th in 10k Pursuit; 34th in 15k Individual; 12th in 12.5k Mass Start; 9th in Mixed Team Relay; 7th in 4x6 Relay
History: 2012 World Championship fifth place for individual race. Missed a sprint medal at 2014 World Cup event by sixth-tenths of a second. An alumna of St. Johnsbury Academy, Dunklee helped Dartmouth win its first NCAA ski championship in 31 years in 2010.

Athletes honored that weren't in attendance:

Name

Olympic Event / Sport

Medals

Association to Vermont (School, Residence)

Alex Deibold

Snowboard Cross

Bronze

Stratton Mountain School; Manchester, VT

Ty Walker

Snowboard Slopestyle

 

Stowe, VT

Andy Newell

Nordic Skiing

 

Stratton Mountain School, Shaftsbury, VT

Devin Logan

Ski Slopestyle

Silver

Mount Snow Academy; West Dover, VT

Kelly Clark

Snowboard Halfpipe

Bronze

Mount Snow Academy

Julia Ford

Alpine Skiing

 

Okemo Mountain School

Hannah Dreissigacker

Biathlon

 

Morrisville, VT

Hannah Teter

Snowboard Halfpipe

 

Okemo Mountain School

Jackie Hernandez

Snowboard Cross

 

Stratton Mountain School, Londonderry, VT

Jared Goldberg

Alpine Skiing

 

Killington Resort

Lindsay Jacobellis

Snowboard Cross

 

Stratton Mountain School

Mikaela Shiffrin

Slalom

Gold

Burke Mountain Academy

Nick Goepper

Ski Slopestyle

Bronze

Mount Snow Academy & Carinthia Pro Team

Nolan Kasper

Slalom

 

Burke Mountain Academy. Warren Vt resident

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