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5-7
Weight
140
 

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Caldwell was a competitive gymnast for 11 years at Apex Gymnastics in Virginia. She watched Olympic skiing on TV and thought that it would be “totally awesome” to do aerials. After only three years of aerials training, Caldwell made the U.S. Ski Team at a Selection Event at the beginning of the 2010 season and went on to have a stellar rookie season.

A series of knee injuries left Caldwell off the competition circuit for over two years, but that hasn't stopped her from becoming an unstoppable force in women's aerials. Caldwell went on to become the first U.S. woman to perform a full, full, full and landed herself a 10th at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. The momentum continued to flow for Caldwell in the 2015 season. On home snow at Deer Valley, Caldwell secured her first World Cup win since 2011 with two high degree of difficuly triples. At 2015 World Cup finals in Minsk, Belarus, Caldwell was once again in the top podium spot, ending her season ranked number two in the aerials World Cup standings. 2016 was Caldwell's best season yet. With four podiums on the World Cup, she took home the women's aerials title and capped off her season with her third career national title

FIRST TRACKS
After 11 years of gymnastics training, Caldwell picked up aerials quickly. “The strength and acrobatic skills I acquired as a gymnast really translated well into my skiing career,” she says. Watching the 2006 Winter Games on TV inspired her, and, at age 13, she decided to become a freestyle competitor. A trip to the Lake Placid water ramps in the summer of 2007 to train alongside the U.S. Ski Team proved fateful. After a summer at the pool at Waterville Valley Ski Academy, she took it to the snow and was invited to join Dmitriy Kavunov's Elite Aerial Program. Two years later she joined the U.S. Ski Team, became an Olympian and was named the FIS women's aerials Rookie of the Year.

OFF THE SNOW
Off the snow, Ashley likes to eat ice cream and watermelon, go surfing, hiking and sailing, and play tennis and football with her brother. Despite popular belief, not all winter sport athletes love being cold all the time. Ashley loves hanging out in the sun by the beach and in the ocean.

 

Ashley Caldwell wins the final World Cup of the 2016 season in Minsk, Belarus.

 

Highlights

OLYMPICS
Team: 2010, 2014
10th, AE, Vancouver, CAN, 2010
10th, AE, Sochi, RUS, 2014

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Teams: 2011, 2015
4th, AE, Kreischberg, AUT, 2015

4th, AE, Deer Valley, UT, 2011

WORLD CUP (highlights)
1st, AE, Minsk, BLR, 2016
3rd, AE, Deer Valley, USA, 2016
1st, AE, Beijing, CHN, 2015
1st, AE, Minsk, BLR, 2015
1st, AE, Deer Valley, USA, 2015
2nd, AE, Moscow, RUS, 2015
2016 Aerials World Cup Champion
Ranked second in FIS World Cup overall aerial standings, 2015
Three World Cup top-15 finishes in rookie season, 2010

FIS World Cup Rookie of the Year for women’s aerials, 2010

OTHER
2014 U.S. National Champion
2010 and 2011 U.S. Nationals silver medalist

Four-time NorAm winner