Unlikely journey leads Duanesburg’s White to Olympic Medal


DUANESBURG, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Just three years ago, Duanesburg’s Emma White had never competed in track cycling. Last week, she returned to Duanesburg an Olympic medalist in track team pursuit.

White started out in road cycling, a discipline she still competes in, but got the call to join Team USA in track cycling in 2018. Before then, she didn’t have Olympic aspirations. The 23-year-old Union College grad helped Team USA win Bronze Tuesday, posting a time of 4 minutes and 8 seconds.

The appreciation from the area and the country is not lost on her. “The support has been unbelievable,” White said. “Like nothing I ever imagined. From all of Duanesburg, all of Albany, all of the United States, I’ve just felt the support so strongly, and after winning the medal and being able to get on my Instagram and see all of the support coming in, it’s been very emotional. I just never realized I had such an impact on people and it’s really special.”

So what if you told Emma White five years ago she’d be an Olympic Bronze medalist? “I would’ve laughed and I would’ve been like, ‘That would be pretty cool I would like to meet that person,'” she says.

I can’t even believe it. I woke up this morning and still pinched myself.

Emma White
Olympic Medalist

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