The Short Story or the Long Story? Leslie has been successful in both sport and professionally, working with high profile companies and remotely while pursuing her athletic endeavors. Learn more about Leslie in her own words by reading, below.
The Short Story
Name: Leslie Rae Stratton
Birthdate: 9 July 1992
Hometown: New Hampshire,
USA / Falun, Sweden
University: St. Lawrence
Swedish National Skeleton Team
Year Started: 2015
Skeleton World Championships: 2019 (21st), 2020 (26th)
Skeleton European Championships: 2020 (17th)
- Career Highlights:
World Cup Skeleton Athlete
- First Swedish Skeleton Athlete in history to win an International Bobsleigh and Skeleton (IBSF) Race (2018 Nov; Park City, Utah)
- World Cup Best: 18th Place (Lake Placid, NY and Konigssee, Germany)
- Made history when skeleton was played on SVT (Swedish National Television) for the first time
- Qualified for 2019-2020 World Cup Circuit (this will be broadcasted on NBC/Olympic Channel, YouTube) based on high ranking.
- 2019 North American Cup: 2nd Place Overall
- Medaled in four international (IBSF) races
- Frequent Colour Commentator for the IBSF YouTube Channel and NBC's Olympic Channel alongside Martin Haven, for both Men's Skeleton and Women's Bobsleigh.
Swedish National Softball Team
Year Started: 2013
Softball European Championships: 2015 (10th), 2019 (15th)
2019 EM: 1.000 Fielding Percentage. 0.333 Batting Average
- Started every game; played every position but 1st base, 2nd base, and pitcher.
2015 EM: Ranked 3rd in RBI's and Top 25 in Batting Average in Europe
- Team Sweden had the top Batting Average in Europe
- 2015 Baltic Open: Best Batter Award
The Long Story
Hej! Jag heter Leslie och jag är en idrottare på det Svenska Kalksport-Landslaget och ett Svenskt Softball-Landslag.//Hi! My name is Leslie and I am an athlete on the Swedish National Skeleton Team and the Swedish National Softball Team.
I hope to have the honor of competing in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China.
I have been in love with sport and the Olympic Games for as long as I can remember, but it was not until 2012 I had the opportunity to witness them. That year, I was fortunate enough to study abroad with my University in London right after the Olympics and during the Paralympics. The first time I ventured via tube and bus to Queen Elizabeth Park, I had never felt so alive in an environment I had never been to. I cannot put those feelings into words but do know they were some of the most content feelings I have ever felt. Despite the longer commute, I went as much as I could to the Olympic grounds throughout the semester, even long after the Olympics had come and gone. I would simply sit there in hopes of soaking in what had been accomplished in times passed.
My first personal taste began soon after in 2013 when I competed for a spot on the Swedish National Softball Team. I remember this day as it was yesterday and the pure joy the experience brought me. That day was one of my happiest, as I had earned the chance to be seen, to show the world what I could do on the international playing field, in a sport that I love and had dedicated so much of myself to.
This drove me to dream even bigger and soon after in 2014, I found myself at a physical test for the sport of skeleton.
I have competed internationally in skeleton since 2015 after a short stint as a bobsleigh brake woman from 2014-2015. From 2014-2018, I represented Team USA via my dual-citizenship with Sweden and the US. I competed on both the North American Cup and European Cup Circuits, and participated in the 2018 US Olympic Trials leading up to Pyeong Chang 2018. After the 2018 season, I switched to compete for Sweden in skeleton. (Above Photo: Grega Valančič)
For skeleton, I made history in 2018 November by becoming the first Swedish athlete to win an IBSF (International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation) skeleton race. I finished the 2018-2019 season ranked 30th in the IBSF World Ranking with four international medals. I also competed in the 2019 BMW IBSF World Championships in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada placing 21st. My results earned me a spot on the World Cup tour, the highest level of the sport for the 2019-2020 skeleton season where I competed in both the 2020 BMW IBSF World Championships in Altenberg, Saxony, Germany (26th place) and the 2020 BMW IBSF European Championships in Sigulda, Latvia (17th place).
As for softball, I most recently played with our incredible team in the 2019 European Championships for an opportunity to move onto the final stage of Olympic Qualification for 2020. I started every game and finished with a 0.333 batting average and a perfect (1.000%) fielding percentage. Unfortunately, our team did not qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo but the experience was incredible as was our team. I am so thankful for them and the time spent in the Czech Republic. (Above Photo: Kerstin Stratton)
At European Championships in 2015, I was ranked third in RBI's and top 25 in Batting Average in all of Europe, helping Sweden to a tenth place finish. In addition, I played in the Swedish Domestic Softball League for the Skövde Saints from 2014-2015.
Aside from athletics, I graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. and minors Sport Studies and Exercise Science as well as Government. Currently, I work remotely as a Special Projects Research Analyst for New Home Star, an incredible firm in real estate sales management and consulting. (Above Photo: Softball Europe)
While not training or working, my family and friends are my priorities but I also enjoy being outside, reading and writing, and frequenting dog parks with my four legged friend, Ricki. I am a self-proclaimed psychology and data nerd and love learning. (Below Photo: Unknown)