Purrier St. Pierre advances to Olympic final

Community rallies for Elle Purrier St. Pierre
Community rallies for Elle Purrier St. Pierre(WCAX)
Published: Aug. 4, 2021 at 4:39 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2021 at 7:10 PM EDT
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RICHFORD, Vt. (WCAX) - Elle Purrier St. Pierre ran the race of her life Wednesday and will advance to the Olympic finals this Friday in Tokyo.

The excitement came in waves at the watch party early Wednesday at Richford High School.

“It all comes down to one day, one four-minute slot, everything has got to go right,” said Jamie St. Pierre, Elle Purrier St. Pierre’s husband.

With a time of 4:01 in the 1500 semifinal, everything went right, giving Purrier St. Pierre a spot as an Olympic finalist Friday.

Watch party early Wednesday in Richford
Watch party early Wednesday in Richford(wcax)

“Everybody is pretty excited, it’s pretty great,” said Robert Fehr of Fairfield.

“It’s incredible excitement, it’s amazing,” said Charlie Purrier, Elle’s dad. He says she’s running with Franklin County and Vermont on her back. “Obviously, very proud. Very, very proud.”

But now, her family, friends, and the community look ahead to the big race. “She’ll do her best, I know she will, she always does,” Purrier said.

The community of Richford is also proud, maybe inspiring the next generation of future Olympians to get to work.

The final is set for 8:50 a.m. EST Friday.

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