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Jenny Simpson’s European “masterpiece”

November 04, 2014

"I love art. It is my second greatest love after running. Artists' desire to express themselves — those people and what they sacrifice for their art. It is similar to what I do in my sport."

By Mike Sandrock for the Boulder Daily Camera

When Jenny Simpson won the 1500 meters at the Diamond League final Aug. 27 at Zurich's Weltklasse meet in a thrilling finish, she knew where she wanted to celebrate — no, not Disneyland, but rather at the toboggan slide in Chur, Switzerland.

The 3000 meter toboggan ride in the small village outside Zurich was Simpson's reward for finishing one of the best seasons of racing ever by a female 1500 meter runner, certainly by an American.

The Diamond League series showed Simpson she had reached "a new level of racing" reached by few women in track history — being able to consistently run 4 minutes or faster for the "metric Mile."

The Diamond League series, in which points are garnered from a months-long series of big track meets, is much more than peaking on one day — which Simpson has also done, taking gold and silver medals at the 2011 and 2013 World Championships.

Simpson, 28, a University of Colorado graduate and two-time Olympian, ran six 1500s in Europe, Asia and North America, averaging under 4 minutes for the races.

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