RICHFORD-- Elle Purrier St. Pierre has been renamed the Richford Rocket, and is bringing a little corner of Franklin County all the way to Tokyo, Japan to run in the 1500 meter in this year’s Olympics.

And driving up Sheldon Road toward Enosburg and into Richford, anyone would know it: signs with "Go for the gold" and "Congratulations Elle" fly outside dozens of businesses and homes emblazoned with images of St. Pierre running her very first race, races throughout high school, and qualifying for this year's summer Olympics across the globe.

The small farming communities of rural northern Vermont already consider St. Pierre a hometown hero, and hundreds will gather this week at Richford Junior Senior High School to watch the Rocket launch, cheering her on from over 6,000 miles away.

Here's when to watch:

  • Sunday, August 1 from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Wednesday, August 4 from 5:45 AM to 7:00 AM
  • Friday, August 6 from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM.

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