Emma Hamilton is a dynamo. Among other accolades Champlain Valley Union (CVU) head Nordic coach Sarah Strack describes Hamilton as a terrific skier who has worked hard during her four years on the team. “Emma’s determination and hard work during the off season has steadily improved her results every year,” coach Strack continued. “She capped off her high school career with a Top 10 finish at states and by making the CVU relay team.”
Born on May 17, 1995 in South Burlington, Hamilton and her family relocated to Shelburne when she was in the third grade. The family includes parents, Maja and Ed, younger brother Forrest, a freshman at CVU, two cats, Lila and Roo, and a dog named Carlee.
A cross country skier at a young age, Hamilton didn’t compete in the sport until her freshman year at CVU. “A friend suggested I join the Nordic team,” Hamilton recalls. “I didn’t really want to ski competitively but she convinced me. Looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made.”
Once engrossed in the sport, Hamilton was willing to take advantage of her opportunities. She participated in summer training at the Mansfield Nordic Club, attended J2 Festivals, and qualified for the Eastern High School Championships team (the top 24 girls in the state qualify regardless of age). Her persistence and hard work obviously paid off for the Redhawks. Hamilton and her CVU teammates won the state championship for the second consecutive year.
A four-year varsity Nordic skier, Hamilton’s greatest strength is experience, noting, “I have a lot of experience in skiing in general.” Coach Strack adds, “Emma has also worked hard to bring the girls team together over the years. We will miss Emma, and the matching headbands she made for the team each year, but are proud to see her moving on to ski at Bowdoin.”
In addition to skiing at CVU, Hamilton is involved in National Honor Society and has parlayed her active participation in the Environmental Action Club into an officer of its leadership team.
Reminiscing about her greatest achievement Hamilton was sentimental. “Winning the state championship as a senior was really cool. It was such an exciting day. It was my last CVU race ever…and the relay team won,” she remarked enthusiastically. “The relay team, Cally [Braun], Autumn [Eastman], Taylor [Spillane], and I are very close. It was so exciting to win as a team. Plus this is also the only year I could race with my brother. And we both won a state championship. That was pretty special too,” she said without pause.
She also didn’t hesitate to talk about her plans after high school graduation. “I will attend Bowdoin College. I applied early decision and found out I was accepted in December,” Hamilton informed. “I am undecided about what I want to study but that’s what attracted me to Bowdoin. It’s a liberal arts college and I have lots of interests. Plus I plan on skiing there. I’ve talked to the coach. It’s awesome.”