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Meet the New Hampshire athletes headed to the 2024 Olympics

Meet the New Hampshire athletes headed to the 2024 Olympics

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By Stacy Milbouer

July 10, 2024

Meet the athletes representing New Hampshire on Team USA in Paris at the 2024 Olympics. 

New Hampshire will represent at the upcoming 2024 Olympics taking place in Paris from July 26 through Aug. 11. The Granite State is the launching pad for seven athletes on Team USA. Here’s a bit of background about each one (plus a few notable athletes from past Olympics).

2024 Olympics: Athletes from New Hampshire 

 

EUGENE, OREGON - JUNE 30: Bronze medalist Elle St. Pierre poses with her medal after competing in the women's 1500 meter final on Day Ten of the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Track & Field Trials at Hayward Field on June 30, 2024 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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Track and Field

Ellie Purrier St. Pierre

Track-and-field athlete Elle Purrier St. Pierre, 29, is a 2018 University of New Hampshire graduate who grew up on a dairy farm in Vermont and will represent the United States at the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics.

The middle-distance and long-distance runner competed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. In 2023, after a break to have a baby with her husband, Jamie St. Pierre, she returned to the sport with a vengeance, winning a gold medal in the 2024 World Indoor Championship and breaking the women’s indoor mile record at the Millrose Games.

While at the University of New Hampshire, Purrier St. Pierre was the NCAA champion and an 11-time All-American. She graduated with a degree in nutrition and when she is not competing, works on a dairy farm.

The track and field competition will be held Aug. 1-11

Rugby

Ariana Ramsey

This is the second time Rugby champ and 2023 Dartmouth College graduate Ariana Ramsey, 24, will be part of Team USA at the summer Olympics. Like Purrier St. Pierre, she also participated in the 2020 Tokoyo games where her team made it to the quarter-finals.

The Philadelphia native graduated from Dartmouth College in 2022 with a degree in economics. Ramsey, who happens to speak French, is a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified trainer.

Rugby will be held July 24-30.

Rowing

RACICE, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEPTEMBER 24: Molly Reckford (L) and Michelle Sechser both of the United States celebrate their silver medals in Lightweight Women's Double Sculls Final A during 2022 World Rowing Championships on September 24, 2022 in Racice, Czech Republic. (Photo by Adam Nurkiewicz/Getty Images)

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Molly Reckford

Another Dartmouth alum, Molly Reckford, 31, class of 2015,  previously competed in the Tokyo Olympic Games on the U.S. Olympic women’s rowing team and will do so again in this year’s Paris Games.

Reckford is a New Jersey native but graduated high school at Phillips Exeter Academy. The rower’s grandfather, William Spencer, competed in two Olympics and coached the United States biathlon team. In 2020 Reckford came in fifth in Women’s Lightweight Double Sculls. When she’s not rowing, Reckford works at a Boston financial firm as a member of their elite athlete management program.

William Bender and Oliver Bub

The rowing duo of Dartmouth College graduates William Bender, 22, and Oliver Bub have made it to the 2024 Paris Olympic Team. Bender, a Vermont native, qualified while he was still a senior Engineering major at Dartmouth, finishing fifth at this year’s World Rowing Championships at the qualifying trials where he partnered with Bub, who graduated from Dartmouth in 2020 with a degree in Economics.

Bub, a Connecticut native, comes from a long line of rowers. His mother and father rowed at Boston University and his brothers also participated in the sport. Every year the family headed to Boston to watch the Head of the Charles Regatta, according to the “06880” website. The two athletes never teamed up at college, but will when they hit the City of Lights.

Chris Carlson

Bedford native Chris Carlson, 27, is heading to the 2024 Paris Olympics, representing the United States on the rowing team after qualifying in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Carlson, who has been part of six national teams, graduated from Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro where he first started rowing, and continued at the University of Washington where he graduated in 2019. Carlson will be part of an eight-person team in Paris.

“It’s unlike any other regatta that we go to,” Carlson said about the Paris games in a recent interview with the New Hampshire Union Leader. “… on the one hand, I’m really excited to get to experience that but luckily rowing is the first week of the Olympics … and then we have a whole other week after racing is over to enjoy the Olympic village ….” 

Rowing will start July 27 and end Aug. 3

Diving

Jessica Parratto

Jessica Parratto, 30, from Dover, is competing in the women’s synchronized 10-meter platform diving event. She graduated from Indiana University with a degree in sports media and has since become one of the top 10-meter platform divers in the country, winning a silver medal at the 2020 Olympics.

Parratto’s family is deeply rooted in diving. Her father, Mike Parratto, coached Olympic gold medalist swimmer Jenny Thompson , whom Jessica considers a sister. Her mother, Amy, was a five-time All-American diver at Wellesley College and coached Jessica until she was 14. Her older sister, Melissa, was a swimmer at the University of Pennsylvania.

Jessica began diving at the age of 5 and relocated to Indianapolis from New Hampshire in 2009 due to limited facilities in her hometown, which only had a single 1-meter springboard.

Diving will be held July 27 to Aug. 10

New Hampshire athletes from past summer Olympics

Jennifer Beth Thompson

Jennifer Beth Thompson,  a swimmer from Dover, is one of the most decorated Olympians in the history of the modern games, according to Olympics.com. From 1992-2004 she won 12 Olympic medals, eight of which were gold. That means Thompson has won more Olympic medals than any other female swimmer. Her hometown even has a public pool named after her.

After retiring from swimming, she became a surgeon and anesthesiologist and currently practices in Portland, Maine.

Wolf Moser

Rower Wolf Moser was born in Moultonborough in 1974 and competed in the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics. He came in fifth and tenth in those games respectively, and outside of the Olympic games, received a silver medal at the 2003 World Rowing Championships, a bronze medal at the championships in 2002, and a bronze at the 2000 Zurich World Championships. 

Note: The trials for the 2024 Paralympics in Paris won’t take place until later this month, and there are several New Hampshire athletes currently vying for spots on the team.

This article first appeared on Good Info News Wire and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.Meet the New Hampshire athletes headed to the 2024 OlympicsMeet the New Hampshire athletes headed to the 2024 Olympics

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  • Stacy Milbouer

    Stacy Milbouer is an award-winning journalist and has covered New Hampshire for many publications including the Boston Globe, New Hampshire Magazine, and the Nashua Telegraph.

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