Simeon "Simi" Hamilton '09 will represent Middlebury College at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games taking place from February 9-25 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. This will be the third Olympic games for the former Panther Nordic racer after representing the U.S. in the 2010 Vancouver games and 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Also representing the College will be Forest Carey '00, head technical of the U.S. men's alpine team, and Matt Whitcomb '01, head coach of the U.S. women's Nordic team.
Hamilton continues to lead the U.S. men's Nordic team, scoring 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. Hamilton 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, with an incredible performance on New Year's Eve. He won stage three of the 2013–14 FIS Tour de Ski, a 1.5 kilometer freestyle sprint. In doing so, he became the first American male to win a World Cup race since Bill Koch won the Sarajevo 30k in February of 1983.
Between the ages of 15–18, Hamilton tallied nine junior national championship titles and three Colorado high school state championship titles. While at Middlebury, he was a three-time All-American for the Panther Nordic team, achieving the recognition with three top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships.
"Simi's a great guy — always willing to spend time with the up-and-comers and give a few words of encouragement," said Middlebury Nordic coach and two-time Olympian Andrew Johnson. "We couldn't ask for a better ambassador for the Middlebury Ski Team and the sport as a whole in the U.S."
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. "I was at Middlebury for 31 years," said Aldrich. "He was one of the best captains I ever had. He did all the special, little things that were a help to a coaching staff. It was almost like having [another] assistant coach on the team."
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.