|Nationality||American and Greek|
|Born||28 March 1990|
Berkeley, California, U.S.
|Home town||Alameda, California, U.S.|
|Height||5 ft 5 in (165 cm)|
|Sport||Track and field|
|Event(s)||10,000 metres |
|College team||Dartmouth College (2008-2012)|
Oregon Ducks (2012-13)
|Achievements and titles|
|Olympic finals||2016 |
10,000 m, 17th
Alexi Pappas or Alexia Pappa (Greek Αλεξία Παππά; born 28 March 1990) is a Greek-American runner, filmmaker, actor, and writer. Pappas was an NCAA All-American athlete at both Dartmouth College and the University of Oregon. She represented Greece at the 2016 Summer Olympics, setting the national record for 10k.
Early life and education
Pappas was born on 28 March 1990, to a Greek-American father who has roots from Rhodes and an American mother. She has a brother who is four years older. Pappas grew up in Alameda, California. Her mother died by suicide when Pappas was four years old.
Bishop O'Dowd High School California Interscholastic Federation
As a sophomore at Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd High School, Pappas placed fourth in the Division III girls 5K race at the California Interscholastic Federation State Cross Country Championships in 2005.
Pappas's high school coach refused to let her participate in multiple sports, even though boys at the same high school were permitted to do so, and stated that this affected her physical development.
Pappas was a two-time NCAA all-American at Dartmouth College. She was one of nine finalists for the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year award. 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 graduated magna cum laude in creative writing and English from Dartmouth College in 2012.
Pappas attended the University of Oregon as a master's student, where she earned three NCAA Division I All-American awards. She finished eighth individually at the 2012 NCAA Cross Country Championships with a time of 19:43.9 (6,000 meters) helping the Oregon Ducks women's cross country team win the national title. She graduated from Oregon with a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing in 2013.
Pappas became a Greek citizen on 8 January 2016 and on 1 May that year she broke the 10,000 m Greek national record, which had stood since 2002. She represented Greece at the 2016 Summer Olympics. At the Olympic finals, she improved her national record when she finished 17th in 31:36.16.
2022 Boston Marathon
Pappas served as a guide for para-athlete Lisa Thompson in the 2022 Boston Marathon, who won the T13 (Visual Impairment) Division with a time of 3:47:25. 
|2016||European Championships||Amsterdam, Netherlands||11th||10,000 m||32:27.80|
|Olympic Games||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||17th||10,000 m||31:36.16 NR|
Pappas has made several movies as a director, writer, actor, and producer. These include Tall as the Baobab Tree (2012), Speed Goggles (2016), Tracktown (2017), and Olympic Dreams (2019), which was the first fictional movie filmed in an Olympic village.
- Alexi Pappas, Dartmouth College: 2012 Woman of the Year Top 9 Finalists NCAA youtube
- "Filmmaker and elite marathon runner, Alexi Pappas wants to make sure 'the complete person is happening'". CNN. 25 July 2020.
- The Catholic Voice Oakland 12 December 2005
- Pappas, Alexi (10 January 2021). "Female Athletes Need to See Puberty as a Power, Not a Weakness". The Atlantic.
- "State Finals - 2005". lynbrooksports.prepcaltrack.com.
- "Alexi Pappas' High School Girls Soccer Stats". MaxPreps.com.
- Dartmouth College Athletics (11 December 2011). "Alexi Pappas Dartmouth profile". dartmouth sports. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
- University of Oregon Athletics (11 June 2013). "Alexi Pappas 2012 cross country University of Oregon profile". goducks.com. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
- Martinelli, Michelle R. (7 June 2016). "Alexi Pappas makes her family proud by making Greek team for Rio". USA Today. Retrieved 9 December 2020.
- Morse, Parker (12 August 2016). "Report: women's 10,000m – Rio 2016 Olympic Games". World Athletics. Retrieved 9 December 2020.
- "Mutual Support Propelled First-Time Guide Alexi Pappas and Para Athlete Lisa Thompson to Boston Marathon Win". MSN.
- "tracktown". Rotten Tomatoes. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
- Bravey Heart With her memoir of heartbreak and hilarity, Olympian and movie-maker Alexi Pappas ’12 stays on track dartmouthalumnimagazine.com
- What's New With You with Alexi Pappas Ali on the Run Show OCT 25, 2020
- Olympian Alexi Pappas on her New Memoir 'Bravey' KTLA
- Pappas, Alexi (7 December 2020). "I Achieved My Wildest Dreams. Then Depression Hit". The New York Times.