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Thompson Turner, Tracey (Class of 1979), 2023-05-04

Identifier: C-181

Scope and Contents

1 .mp4 and 1 .m4a file containing Zoom oral history interview with Tracey Thompson Turner, Class of 1979, conducted by Special Collections Oral History Intern, Beatrice Donovan, Class of 2023.5.

Introduction. First year 1975. Lack of track team. Putney School. Love of Vermont. From New Jersey (0:10); Running with men's team. Choosing Middlebury in spite of track team (0:40); Second woman on track team. Karin Von Berg Noyes. Distances. Sprints. Creating women's track team. Two coaches (0:57); Impressed with Middlebury. Title IX. Support of athletics (1:28); Connection to Nordic skiers. Welcoming (2:05); Love of running since childhood. Father who ran. New York Pioneer Club. Support from father. Races on the playground. Winning (2:51); Running in high school. Successful season. Private school. Passion for animals. Riding horses (3:50); No track team. John Caldwell. Conditioning. Skiing cross country. Surrounded by competitors. Playing field hockey. Skiing. Running track (4:25); Meeting husband. Paul Turner. On track team and football team. Friends with men's track team. Training with men's team. Running in the summer. AAU meets (8:11); Ease of getting women's team. Transition to women's team. Training with men's team still. Going to track meets (9:50); Success of the women's team. Small team. UVM. Regional college meets. Only 2-person team (10:40); Support from administration. Middlebury Hall of Fame. Lack of struggle (11:36); More distance runners. Cinder track. Lack of equipment (12:30); Training programs from father. Support from coach (13:40); Working at Middlebury postgrad. Admissions. Member of the community.Getting to know the people (14:42); Competing in events after graduation. Running 10k races. Athletic Alliance Running Club. Interval Training (16:13); Riding horses. Biking. Lower impact sports (17:40); Importance of competition. Shifting sports. Carriage driving. Combined carriage driving. Older people competing at a high level (18:30); Moving to South Carolina for training. Community of carriage driving. Community around competing. Highs and lows (20:10)


  • Creation: 2023-05-04

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research without restriction.


2 Digital files

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Repository Details

Part of the Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives Repository

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