Joanne Dow

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Joanne Dow (born March 19, 1964) is an American former athlete who competed in racewalking. She made her first Olympic team at the age of 44, competing in the 20 kilometer walk for the United States at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She placed 30th with a time of 1:34:15.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Manchester, New Hampshire, Dow graduated from Trinity High School in Manchester in 1982. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1986.[2] Dow was a sprinter and swimmer in college.[3]


Dow took up the sport of racewalking in 1994. She placed fourth in the 20 km walk at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials and second at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials[4] Dow was a sprinter and swimmer in college.[5] Dow won indoor national championships in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 and outdoor national championships in 1998, 2002, and 2006.[6]

Later career

Dow was a Health teacher at Pembroke Academy in New Hampshire. She later worked at Auburn Village School in NH.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  United States
1998 Goodwill Games New York, United States 3rd 10 km 45:36.92
Pan American Race Walking Cup Miami, United States 1st 20 km 1:38:57
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain 20 km DSQ
2003 Pan American Games Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 3rd 20 km 1:35:48
World Championships Paris, France 24th 20 km 1:36:32
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 30th 20 km 1:34.15


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