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Alexi Pappas or Alexia Pappa (Greek Αλεξία Παππά; born 28 March 1990) is a Greek-American long distance athlete, filmmaker, actor, and writer. As a long distance runner, Alexi has been most successful in the 10km, but has also been a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) All-American at indoor 3,000 metres, 5,000 metres, and the steeplechase as well as the Ivy League champion in the steeplechase. In the 2016 Summer Olympics Women's 10km, Pappas represented Greece and set a national Greek record. As a filmmaker, Alexi co-wrote and starred in Tracktown.

Alexi Pappas
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Personal information
Born (1990-03-28) 28 March 1990 (age 29)
Alameda, California, U.S.
ResidenceEugene, Oregon, U.S.
Height5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Country Greece
 United States
SportTrack and field
Event(s)10,000 metres
5,000 metres
College teamDartmouth College (2008-2012)
Oregon Ducks (2012-13)
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals2016
10,000 m, 17th
Personal best(s)

Early life and educationEdit

Pappas was born in San Francisco on 28 March 1990, to a Greek-American father who has roots from Rhodes and an American mother, and grew up in Alameda, California. Her mother died when Alexi was four years old. She has a brother who is 4 years older.[1]

As a sophomore at Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd High School, Alexi placed fourth in the Division III girl's race at the California Interscholastic Federation State Cross Country Championships on 26 November 2005. She covered the 5K course in 18 minutes, 19 seconds leading the girls' team to place 13th at the 2005 CIF D3 State meet.[2] She was a soccer midfielder at Bishop O'Dowd '08, where she went by the name Lexi Pappas.[3][4]

Pappas graduated with a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in creative writing and English at Dartmouth College in 2012.[1]

She is married to her long-term partner and film-making collaborator, Jeremy Teicher.

Athletic careerEdit


Pappas is a Dartmouth '12 who was a two-time NCAA all-American and one of nine finalists for the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year award.[5] She also won the 2012 season's Ivy League title in the steeplechase (9:58.80) and qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene.

Pappas is an Oregon master grad '13 where she earned three NCAA all-American awards. Alexi finished eighth individually at the 2012 NCAA Championships with a time of 19:43.9 (6,000 meters) helping the team win the national title.[6]

2016 OlympicsEdit

Pappas became a Greek citizen on 8 January 2016 and represented Greece at the Olympic Games 2016 at 10,000 metres.[7][8] She set a national record at 10,000 metres on 1 May with 31:46:83 and again 12 August at the 2016 Olympics in 31:36.16 to place 17th, behind the world record, in a race with the masters world record and six other national records. She smashed the previous record, which had been in place since 2002.

Track and road runningEdit

2011 World Youth Championships medalist Caroline Chepkoech,[9] Buze Diriba and Alexi Pappas earned top three podium spots at 2016 Silicon Valley Turkey trot in 15:18 15:42 and 15:44 respectively on Thanksgiving morning.[10]

Personal bestsEdit

Her personal best times are: 1500 metres 4:14:08, 3000 metres 9:05:12, 5000 metres 15:28:38, and 10000 metres 31:36:16 at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio .


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Greece
2016 European Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 11th 10,000 m 32:27.80
11th 5,000 m 15:56.75
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 17th 10,000 m 31:36.16 NR


Pappas is a writer, actor, and producer, known for Tall as the Baobab Tree (2012), Speed Goggles (2016), Tracktown (2017),[11] and Olympic Dreams (2019).


  1. ^ a b Alexi Pappas, Dartmouth College: 2012 Woman of the Year Top 9 Finalists NCAA youtube
  2. ^ The Catholic Voice Oakland December 12, 2005
  3. ^ "State Finals - 2005".
  4. ^ "Alexi Pappas' High School Girls Soccer Stats".
  5. ^ Dartmouth College Athletics (11 December 2011). "Alexi Pappas Dartmouth profile". dartmouth sports. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  6. ^ University of Oregon Athletics (11 June 2013). "Alexi Pappas 2012 cross country University of Oregon profile". Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  7. ^ Alexi Pappas compete for Greece at 2016 Olympic Games in 10,000 meter race Retrieved June 7, 2016.
  8. ^ Alexia Pappas (26 February 2016). "Anoichti letter from Alexia Pappas, top track athlete from the United States, which became officially the Greek citizenship and wants to fight with the greek flag at the Rio Olympics". Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Caroline Chepkoech Kipkirui profile". IAAF. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Silicon Valley Turkey Trot 2016 Elite Pacific Assoc Women 5km". 24 November 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  11. ^ "tracktown". Rotten Tomatoes. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2017.

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