An American track and field athlete who grew up milking cows on the family farm earned her spot at the Tokyo Olympics after setting a new practice record in the 1,500m race.
Competing in the US Olympic track and field trials in Oregon last month, Elle Purrier St. Pierre set a new practice record of 3 minutes, 58.03 seconds, to seal her place on the plane to Tokyo this summer. .
The Vermont dairy farmer broke the old record set by Mary Slaney over 30 years ago, the Boston Globe reported.
St. Pierre said that farm life has shaped who she is as an athlete.
The 26-year-old milked cows on the Montgomery family farm before going to school.
“Growing up on a farm, I just feel like you still have that sense of responsibility,” she told the New York Times.
Other farmers with Olympic pedigree include Somerset farmer Ed Ling, who won a bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in men’s trap shooting.
“I love my farming and I love my shooting. I did my shoot, now I want to go back to the farm, ”Mr. Ling said after his victory.
Peter Wilson, whose family farm in Dorset, won gold in double trap shooting at the London 2012 Olympics.
Mr. Wilson “broke his first trap” at the age of 12 and attributes his interest in shooting in part to his education on the farm.