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Olympian Geography Major Patrick Caldwell '17

West Lebanon — Picture a wooded space so far off the beaten path, a Google search won’t definitively find it. Paddy Caldwell returns to that place, if only mentally, if he needs a reminder of the importance of cross country skiing in his life.

Earning his first Olympic invitation with the U.S. Nordic skiing team has carried a sense of inevitability for years, through undergraduate and postgraduate time at the Stratton Mountain School to this winter’s arrival on the FIS World Cup circuit. The Caldwell name carries with it an expectation of on-snow excellence given the family’s deep relationship with the sport.

The beginning point is a location called Green Woodlands, a tract of land in Dorchester where the Caldwells — Paddy, dad Tim, mom Margaret and sisters Heidi and Lucy — have often skied. Come the snow, the tract’s overseers groom miles of trails and set up warming huts, encouraging the public to traverse through a quiet wilderness.

Student spotlight: performer and activist Gricelda Ramos '18

Many talented and dedicated students come together during the month of February to support the cause and promote gender equity through V-February, Dartmouth’s version of the global movement. One of these students is Gricelda Ramos ’18, a geography modified with Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean studies major. As a student with passion in both theatrical performance and social issues, Ramos will be directing the V-Feb program. According to Ramos, despite the fact that she is not a theater major, her passion for theater is immeasurable. 

“No matter what I study, no matter what country I go to, no matter what I do, I’ll always end up at a theater, and I’ll always end up performing,” Ramos said.

Ramos said her focus is particularly in the performative aspects of the program — the direction of various student-run events including Upstaging Stereotypes, Vagina Monologues and Voices. The role is a large responsibility, and Ramos was hand-picked for the job. 

 

Olympian Geography Major Rosie Brennan '11

Rosie Brennan ’11 will make her Olympic debut with Team USA in cross-country skiing after placing 34th in the distance standings in the World Cup race in Val di Fiemme, Italy, this month. She has competed at the world championships in 2015 and 2017 and placed third at a World Cup relay in December 2015. Brennan studied geography at Dartmouth and says she would eventually like to pursue an advanced geography degree to work in dam removal. She volunteers with Fast and Female, a program dedicated to empowering young women through sport.