Birthday: 10/19/90 Mile PR: 4:20.5 (road) - 2018
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 4:03.82 - 2020
High School: Crested Butte HS '08
Hometown: Crested Butte, CO
College: University of Colorado '13
Current Residence: Boulder, CO
Personal website: emmacoburn.com
Emma Coburn, in 2022, again won the USA 3000m steeplechase crown, her record 10th, clocking a swift 9:10.63 on a hot day in Eugene, OR.
In 2021, she won the U.S. Olympic Trials 3000m steeplechase, breaking her meet record with a 9:09.41 to qualify for her third Olympics, and earlier in the year, at the New Balance Grand Prix indoors, finished second in the 2 Mile, setting a PR in 9:15.71, also under Jenny Simpson's American record 9:16.78 from 2018.
In a rare 2020 race, Coburn won the Team Boss Colorado Mile in Grand Junction, breaking the beam in 4:32.72 to set a state record. In July, she finished third at the Team Boss Indiana Mile in a track PR of 4:23.65.
At the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar, Emma captured the 3000m steeplechase silver medal (her third global championship medal), running a PR of 9:02.35.
In 2017, Coburn won the 3000m steeplechase gold medal at the World Championships in London, setting a championship and U.S record of 9:02.58 (since broken), and in the event, she also earned the first global championship gold for an American since 1952 and the first gold for an American woman ever!
At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Emma earned the bronze medal in the 3000m SC, clocking a then U.S. record of 9:07.63 (breaking her own mark). Coburn's medal was the first for a U.S. woman in the event.
At the Prefontaine Classic 2016, Coburn broke her U.S. steeplechase record, clocking a 9:10.76, and at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, she won her 5th USA and 2nd Trials 3000m steeplechase crown, shattering the meet record in 9:17.48.
Emma, a multi-All-American at Coloroado, won the 2013 NCAA Indoor Mile title in 4:29.91 (third fastest performance all-time at the NCAA Indoors). The 2011 NCAA 3000m steeplechase champion captured the 2012 Olympic Trials steeplechase crown as well as the 2011, 2014-19 and 2021-22 USA steeplechase titles (10 overall).
FUN FACT: Coburn was one of the athletes featured in the 2016 ESPN Magazine Body Issue, and in 2021, she was named one of the 25 fittest female athletes in the world by Sports Illustrated.