Stratton Mountain, Vt. - Skyler Davis, a Stratton Mountain School postgraduate, has been named to the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team’s newly formed Development Team. Davis had an incredible season, as he exceeded his way beyond all of his personal goals.
“This is a great honor for Skyler,” said SMS Nordic Program Director Sverre Caldwell. “He has been so focused and committed, and his hard work has paid off.”
Davis won early-season success with several podium FIS finishes, which earned him a spot on the coveted World Junior Team. Davis took the second American finish at World Juniors in Estonia at the end of January, and a third-place final Sprint finish at Senior Nationals in Rumford, Maine in February. Davis took first in the Sprint at Junior Olympics in Minneapolis, Minn., on March 7, where the SMS Nordic Team won both the men’s and women’s Roger Weston Award for the best high school cross country teams in the county. Davis went on to score second in the B Final at U.S. Nationals SuperTour Finals on April 1 in Sun Valley, Idaho.
Davis has deferred his admission to Middlebury to ski on the U.S. Ski Team. He will train alongside fellow SMS alumnus Andy Newell ’02, Shaftsbury, Vt. Newell has remained committed to helping young athletes train at SMS. With Davis’s nomination to the U.S. Team, he and Newell will continue to train together at U.S. Team camps, as well as staying close to home and training with Caldwell and their SMS teammates. Newell and Davis will formally train at SMS with Caldwell and the SMS Nordic Team throughout the summer and into the fall.
“It will be great to have those two (Newell and Davis) for a large portion of our dryland training in the summer and fall,” Caldwell said. “They are great role models for the rest of the team.”