Making history at Stratton Mountain School is no small feat. And while Caroline Claire accomplished just that as a member of the SMS Class of 2018, her sights are now set on adding to the school’s impressive and ever-growing list of alumni accolades.
Claire made history as the first student from the school to compete in the Olympic Games while still enrolled there, which she achieved as a member of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Freeski Team competing in slopestyle at PyeongChang, South Korea, last February.
Since its founding in 1972, Stratton Mountain School has helped 46 athletes go on to compete in the Olympics (amassing 75 Olympic team placements overall), and SMS alumni have won a combined total of six Olympic medals — including three golds, one silver and two bronze. In all, more than 100 alumni have been named to national teams.
Claire’s result at PyeongChang wasn’t what she hoped for, as she finished 23rd in slopestyle. “I gave everything I could today,” Claire said after that experience. “The Olympics are indescribable. Having everyone at the bottom cheering for you, even when you fall, words can’t describe that feeling.”