New Hampshire Olympians in 2008
2008 Granite State Olympians
New Hampshire has a history of producing amazing Olympians. This summer, there is only one woman on the U.S. Team from the Granite State. She goes to Beijing, China with aspirations of winning a gold medal for her country and bragging rights to the title "Best in the World" for 2008.
Birthdate: March 19, 1964
Event: Track and Field
NH Connection: Lives in Manchester.
Previous Olympics: 2004
Fast Fact: She is a graduate of Trinity High School and from the University of New Hampshire in 1986.
Dow made it into the Olympics by winning a 20-kilometer race walk at the United States Olympic field trials in Eugene, Oregon on July 6, 2008. She trained for the Olympics for almost 14 years, making it to the Olympic Team at the age of 44. She beat out her biggest competitor, Teresa Vaill, who is an American Record Holder, to earn her spot. Her winning time was 1 hour, 35 minutes and 11 seconds.
In Beijing, Dow placed 31st with a time of 1 hour, 34 minutes and 15 seconds.
She competed in the U.S. National Championships in 2010 placing 2nd (and earning a Silver) in the 20-kilometer race with a time of 1:43:18.14.
Joanne was named head men's and women's cross country coach by Southern New Hampshire University in February 2013. Before that, she was working at Siena College as head men's and women's cross country coach.
- SNHU tabs Manchester Olympian Joanne Dow to coach cross country (Union Leader, 2/13)