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Vermont Dairy Farmer Elle St. Pierre Sets Sights on Olympic Gold in Paris 2024

USA 27.06.2024
Source: The DairyNews
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Elle St. Pierre, hailing from a dairy farm in Vermont, is poised to represent the United States at the Paris 2024 Olympics, having clinched her spot with a record-setting performance at the U.S. Trials. St. Pierre, 29, surpassed the previous 5,000-meter record by a mere 0.02 seconds, marking her second Olympic qualification. Joining her in Paris will be fellow runners Elise Cranny and Karissa Schweizer.
Vermont Dairy Farmer Elle St. Pierre Sets Sights on Olympic Gold in Paris 2024
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St. Pierre's journey to the Olympics is underpinned by a remarkable year. In February, she broke her own U.S. indoor mile record with a time of 4:16.41. The following month, she bested the world record-holder Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia, securing the world indoor 3,000-meter title with a new U.S. record of 8:20.87. Her achievements continued outdoors, setting personal bests in the 1,500 meters (3:56.00) and 5,000 meters (14:34.12), with the former ranking her second on the all-time U.S. list.

Raised on her family’s dairy farm, St. Pierre credits her athletic prowess to the rigorous farm work and the nutritional benefits of dairy. "The first thing I do after running is chug a glass of milk," she stated, emphasizing its balanced nutritional content ideal for athletes.

St. Pierre’s athletic talents were first discovered during a childhood race against her father, leading her to structured running in eighth grade through the Girls on the Run program. Her high school experiences further solidified her commitment to running, paralleling the discipline of dairy farming with athletic training.

Despite the sale of the family farm in 2020, St. Pierre and her husband Jamie, also a dairy farmer, continue to advocate for the dairy industry and participate actively in farm life. As the Paris Olympics approach, St. Pierre’s blend of rigorous training and farming roots prepare her to chase gold, embodying the resilience and dedication of both a top-tier athlete and a farmer.
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