Vermont’s Elle Purrier St. Pierre punches spot on 2nd US Olympic team

Elle St. Pierre wins a heat in the women's 1500-meter run during the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Team Trials Thursday, June 27, 2024, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Elle St. Pierre wins a heat in the women's 1500-meter run during the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Team Trials Thursday, June 27, 2024, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) ap — Charlie Neibergall

By SHAUN ROBINSON

VTDigger

Published: 07-02-2024 3:27 PM

Vermont runner Elle St. Pierre is heading back to the Olympics.

The Montgomery dairy farmer finished third in the women’s 1,500-meter race and won the women’s 5,000-meter race at this year’s U.S. Olympic track and field trials, which concluded Sunday night. She told reporters, though, that she plans to compete only in the 1,500 meters at the Summer Games in Paris, which start later this month.

St. Pierre previously represented the U.S. and the Green Mountains at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, drawing national eyes to her high school in Richford. That year, she finished 10th in the 1,500 meters and was the top American woman across the line. 

In this year’s U.S. Olympic trials, St. Pierre ran the 5,000 meters in 14 minutes, 40.34 seconds — the fastest time ever by a woman in that event in U.S. trials history. 

Meanwhile, she ran the 1,500 meters in 3:55.99 — a personal best and significantly faster than she ran the same event (4:01.00 at her fastest) in Tokyo.

“Proud to have made my second Olympic team and so blessed to have celebrated with my little guy on the track afterwards,” the 29-year-old wrote in an Instagram post after winning the 5,000-meter race, which included two photos of her young son, Ivan.

St. Pierre’s second Olympic berth is just the latest in a string of successes she’s found since she returned to competitive racing after giving birth to Ivan last year. 

This March, the former University of New Hampshire runner and 2018 graduatewon the women’s 3,000-meter race at the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Scotland, setting both a North American and a championships record. And a month prior, she set a U.S. record in the women’s indoor 1-mile race.

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