Information courtesy of Bates, Bowdoin and Middlebury Sports Information
HADLEY, Mass. – The NESCAC will be well represented at both the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. The Olympic Games begin on February 9 and conclude on February 25, while the Paralympics are set for March 9-18.
Bates junior Dinos Lefkaritis, an alpine skier, will be the lone representative for his native country of Cyprus at the Games. He will compete in the men’s giant slalom (Feb. 18) and the slalom (Feb. 22), as well as carry the country’s flag during the opening ceremonies on Feb. 9.
Lefkaritis, enrolled at Bates in 2015 with an ambitious plan: he would take on the rigorous coursework required to major in economics while also tackling the 3-2 combined engineering program Bates offers. He would also join Bates' Alpine Ski Team to compete against the highest level of NCAA skiers.
Based on the results of previous international competitions, Cyprus was allotted one slot for a male alpine skier to compete in PyeongChang. By Jan. 22, Lefkaritis was the top-ranked skier in his country and earned the coveted spot to compete in PyeongChang.
Lefkaritis is the 12th Olympian in the college’s history.
Bowdoin’s Kaitlynn Miller ’14 will represent the Polar Bears on the 2018 U.S. Women’s Cross Country Team. The PyeongChang Games mark Miller’s first Olympic experience.
Miller was a two-time NCAA participant and owns seven of the top eight individual finishes in women’s program history. Miller has been racing as a member of the Green Racing Project in Vermont since her graduation in 2014. Her post-Bowdoin highlights include a classic spring national title in 2016, competing in Ski Tour Canada in 2016, where she finished 14th overall, and racing at the World Cup Finals in 2017.
Miller earned her spot on the Olympic team with a series of impressive results over the past year in international competition. She was third (second American) in the 1.3 km classic race and fourth (second American) in the 1.3km freestyle competition at the U.S. National Championships.
Miller is the seventh Bowdoin College graduate to appear in the Olympics.
Colby graduate Reagan Carey ’01 will be in PyeongChang serving as the general manager for the U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey Team. Carey has served as the general manager of the U.S. women’s national and select teams for the past five years, including the 2014 Games in Sochi. Carey was a four-year member of the Colby women’s ice hockey and volleyball teams. She served as a captain for both teams during her time in Waterville, Maine.
Simeon "Simi" Hamilton '09, Forest Carey '00 and Matt Whitcomb '01 will represent Middlebury in PyeongChang. Hamilton will be making his third Olympic Games appearance as a member of the U.S. Men's Nordic Team after representing the U.S. in 2010 in Vancouver and 2014 in Sochi. Carey is the head technical of the U.S. Men's Alpine Team, and Whitcomb is the head coach of the U.S. Women's Nordic Team.
Hamilton scored two sprint podiums in 2016 and another in 2017. He earned a fifth-place finish in Sochi in 2010 in the team sprint classic event and finished the 2016 FIS World Cup Standings in 10th place in the sprint, moving up to ninth in 2017.
Hamilton made history back in 2014, winning stage three of the 2013–14 FIS Tour de Ski, a 1.5 kilometer freestyle sprint to become the first American male to win a World Cup race since Bill Koch won the Sarajevo 30k in February of 1983.
While at Middlebury, Hamilton was a three-time All-American for the Panther Nordic team, achieving the recognition with three top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships.
Carey graduated from Middlebury in 2000, and was a three-time All-American for the Panther Alpine team. He finished in the top three on three occasions at the NCAA Championships, while also earning junior national champion honors before arriving on campus. Carey was a member of the U.S. Ski team from 1993–97.
He returned to Middlebury in the fall of 2001 as an assistant coach with the alpine teams. After a year at Middlebury, Carey earned his first head coaching position as the head boys' alpine ski coach at the Carrabassett Valley Academy in Maine, where he went to high school.
Carey returned to Middlebury to coach the alpine team in 2004, 2005 and 2006 before later joining the U.S. Ski Team coaching staff. Aside from two years as a private coach with Bode Miller, Carey has been with the U.S. staff ever since.
Whitcomb has spent more than a decade with the U.S. Ski Team. He attended Stratton Mountain Academy prior to arriving at Middlebury, where he raced for former head coach Terry Aldrich.
After graduating from Middlebury in 2001 with a degree in biology, Whitcomb coached a year with Glacier Nordic in Whitefish, Montana, before becoming the Nordic head coach at Burke Mountain Academy in Vermont for four years. He was hired by the U.S. Ski Team as a development-level coach in 2006. Six years ago, Whitcomb was elevated to head coach of the U.S. Women's team.
Bowdoin senior Jake Adicoff will represent the Polar Bears and the United States in the 2018 Paralympics in PyeongChang, which will be held March 9-18.
It is the second appearance at the Games for Adicoff, also a member of the Bowdoin Men's Nordic Team, as he also competed in 2014 in Sochi. Adicoff, who is legally blind, finished sixth in the 20 km classic and 4x2.5 km mixed relay, seventh in the freestyle, eighth in the sprint and 14th in the biathlon sprint in 2014.