Simi Hamilton has established himself as a top cross-country sprint skier for Team USA. Like many Nordic athletes, Simi (short for Simeon) made cross-country his life’s pursuit to guarantee he would have a career which kept him outside. Raised on the mountains of Aspen, Colorado, he was first introduced to skiing when he was two years old by his mom, Ruthie. Mother and son would take runs down the surrounding mountains together, attached by a leash which Hamilton’s mother would use to help steer her son.
Hamilton’s strong family skiing ties to Colorado also extend to his grandfather, who worked as chief executive for the Aspen Skiing Company from 1957-1979. Founded by a group of World War II veterans, the commercial organization helped establish Aspen as one of the world’s most revered skiing destinations.
Hamilton left Colorado for Vermont to attend Middlebury College. It was at Middlebury where the idea of a future in cross-country racing started to form for Hamilton. He graduated in 2009 as a three-time NCAA All-American.
Before skiing his first race on the World Cup circuit, Hamilton was named to the U.S. Olympic Team headed to the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games after a quota spot was reallocated to the U.S. cross-country team less than a month before the Opening Ceremony. He skied the anchor leg of the relay, giving the U.S. a 13th place finish. In his second Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, he had his best individual finish, coming in 6th place in the sprint.
In his third year of World Cup racing, Hamilton caught the attention of cross-country fans when he became the first U.S. skier to win a World Cup race in over 30 years. Since joining the circuit in 2010, he has made it onto the podium four times, most recently in 2017 for sprint silver. Hamilton also had his best world championship finish in 2017, crossing the line in 5th in the team sprint, racing in the tag team-style event with Erik Bjornsen.
Getting to know Simi Hamilton
Worked as a climbing guide, helping people ascend the Grand Tetons in Wyoming
His girlfriend, Sophie Caldwell, also cross-country skis for Team USA
Finished the 2016-17 World Cup season ranked 19th in the world in the sprint