On February 17, 1998, in Nagano, Japan, a group of women from across the US made Olympic history. And they were led, in part, by a contingent from New Hampshire.
New Hampshire Women in Sports
Granite State Women Are at The Top of Their Game
Maybe there’s something in the water.
Thanks to women like Concord’s Becky Bonner, who could become the first female general manager in the NBA, and Dover’s Jenny Thompson, an Olympic swimmer with 12 medals, eight of them gold, New Hampshire has been well represented on the fields, pools, rinks, slopes and courts of the world.
You’ll see some of these women on highlight reels and others standing atop podiums hoisting trophies and medals. Yet there are plenty of New Hampshire women, flying just below the radar, whose passion and commitment have helped them achieve significant, and, in some cases, historical success.
Lauren Thibodeau has been a golf phenom since she was 8 years old. Talk to anyone about endurance sports or triathlons, and Amber Ferreira’s name is bound to come up. Tara Mounsey wasn’t only a hockey pioneer during her time at Concord High School, she played a key role on the first-ever US women’s Olympic gold medal-winning hockey team, and Clare Grabher has played Wimbledon and is now helping to lead one of the fastest-growing paddle sports in the country.
Women like Thibodeau, Ferreira, Mounsey and Grabher are just a few of the athletes influencing the next generation. Meet some of these remarkable New Hampshire women.