Brooklyn Gym Teacher to Represent Thailand at the Olympics

Brooklyn Friends phys. ed. teacher Jane Vongvorachoti will represent Thailand 2016 Olympic Games in Rio this summer. (Photo courtesy of Jane Vongvorachoti via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Brooklyn Friends phys. ed. teacher Jane Vongvorachoti will represent Thailand 2016 Olympic Games in Rio this summer. (Photo courtesy of Jane Vongvorachoti via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

A Brooklyn physical education teacher and track coach is headed to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this August as a marathon runner representing Thailand.

Jane Vongvorachoti, 31, is taking a one-year hiatus from her job at the Brooklyn Friends School in Downtown Brooklyn to train for the biggest competition of her life. She spoke with Brooklyn Daily Eagle’s John Torenli days before returning to Thailand for training.

“I would wake up really early, take the subway to work and drop my bags off at school,” Vongvorachoti revealed of her local workout regimen.

“Then I would run the Brooklyn Bridge, come back and shower before beginning my day,” added the New York City resident, who has spent the better part of the last six years establishing 11 Thailand national records in distance running.

“You can’t run all year round here, but I ran my best time training in New York. It makes you tougher.”

Go to Brooklyn Daily Eagle to read about Vongvorachoti’s past efforts to make Thailand’s Olympic team – and not just in marathon running – and how students and staff at her school are reacting to the news.

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