Emma Coburn

Birthday: 10/19/90 Mile PR: 4:23.8 (road) - 2016
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 4:05.10 - 2015
High School: Crested Butte HS
Hometown: Crested Butte, CO
College: University of Colorado '13
Current Residence: Boulder, CO

Emma Coburn won the gold medal in the 3000m steeplechase at the London 2017 World Championships, setting a championship and American record of 9:02.58, and she earned the first global championship gold in the event for an American since 1952 and the first gold for an U.S. woman ever!

At the 2016 Rio Olympics, she won also the bronze medal in the 3000m steeplechase, 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.

At the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix 2014 track meet on July 12, she set the U.S. steeplechase record, clocking 9:11.42, and at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, Coburn captured 5th in the steeplechase, her best global championships finish, to-date.

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 and 2014-15 USA steeplechase titles.

FUN FACT: Coburn was one of the athletes featured in the 2016 ESPN Magazine Body Issue.

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News

7 Surprising Things That Happen After Winning an Olympic Medal

December 08, 2016

"The treasured, powerful symbol of athletic success was like hiding in my suitcase in a bundle of socks.”

By Erin Strout, Runner's World

Team USA’s track & field athletes are always expected to do well at the Olympics—and usually they tally a significant number of medals across the sprints...

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Life After Olympic Medals: Emma Coburn and Jenny Simpson Celebrate Together

October 04, 2016

Since the competitive season ended, the Boulder-based teammates have enjoyed parties, appearances and a trip to the White House

By Erin Strout, Runner's World

Jenny Simpson and Emma Coburn each came out of the Rio Olympics with historic performances for the United States. Coburn won the...

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CU to Honor Historic Rio Olympic Medalists Coburn & Simpson

September 27, 2016

Former NCAA champions for the Colorado track & field and cross country teams to be recognized at several events on Saturday, October 1

By Linda Sprouse, CU Boulder

BOULDER — University of Colorado will honor its two Olympic Bronze Medalists, Emma Coburn and Jenny Simpson, on Saturday, October...

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Winning the Wetmore Way

August 23, 2016

"They are waiting for the battle of St. Crispan's Day, and are outnumbered five to one. Sometimes this year, with wave after wave of scandal in our sport, it has felt as if we were up against impossible odds. But, 'She who has no stomach for this fight, let her depart ... .' "

By Mike Sandrock,...

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Buffs Alums Simpson, Coburn Gear for Olympics

July 25, 2016

"Along the way there are different benchmarks that you dream of and hope for and work for, and the gold medal at the Olympic Games is the superlative."

by Neill Woelk, CU Buffs News

If there's one thing to be learned from an athlete's first Olympic experience, it is how to deal with the...

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Olympian Jenny Simpson to Defend New Balance 5th Avenue Mile Title

July 21, 2016

Rio-bound and 5-time 3000m steeplechase national champion Emma Coburn to join her Team New Balance training partner; world’s most iconic road Mile race to be streamed live on USATF.tv and to include specialty heats for youth, seniors and NYPD / FDNY

From NYRR Media

NEW YORK — The most iconic...

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Here are the chances Colorado’s track & field athletes have of winning medals in Rio

July 12, 2016

Jenny Simpson (1500 meters), Emma Coburn (3000m steeplechase) best hopes for Olympic podium

By Daniel Petty, Denver Post

EUGENE, Ore. — Nine athletes with Colorado connections will represent the United States on the Olympic track & field team in Rio next month, with serious contenders to...

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5 Minutes with Emma Coburn

May 21, 2013

The Colorado senior, who made the final of the Olympic steeplechase last summer, talks about her sub-4:30 Mile, spring racing and her post-graduation plans

By John A. Kissane, Running Times

Who is the most dominant female collegiate distance runner today? That’s impossible to answer. But Emma...

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Coburn Wins CU’s First NCAA Indoor Mile Crown

March 09, 2013

By Linda Sprouse, Colorado Athletics

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Senior Emma Coburn claimed the University of Colorado's first NCAA indoor Mile crown on Saturday night; finishing the race with a blazing fast time of 4:29.91.

"We've had some great Milers at Colorado, male and female, so it's such an...

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Mile Guide: 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships

March 07, 2013

Chris O'Hare, Emma Coburn enter championships as favorites

By Bring Back the Mile

Last year 33 collegiate men broke the four-minute barrier, a record, and a substantial increase over the 22 that did so in 2011. In fact six sub-4 Milers stayed home having to watch the NCAA Championship on...

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