Olympic crush: Emma Coburn first U.S. woman to win medal in Olympic steeplechase

Amber Matsumoto

Emma Coburn came in third place in the women's steeplechase Monday in Rio to become the first U.S. woman in Olympic history to medal in the event.

<p>Track and field athlete Emma Coburn poses for a portrait at the USOC Rio Olympics Shoot at Quixote Studios on November 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) </p>
Emma Coburn | USA | Steeplechase

Track and field athlete Emma Coburn poses for a portrait at the USOC Rio Olympics Shoot at Quixote Studios on November 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

<p>Emma Coburn of the United States competes in the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase Round 1 on Day 8 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 13, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images) </p>
Emma Coburn | USA | Steeplechase

Emma Coburn of the United States competes in the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase Round 1 on Day 8 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 13, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

<p>Emma Coburn competes in the Womens 3000 Meter Steeplechase during day one of the 2015 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field on June 25, 2015 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) </p>
Emma Coburn | USA | Steeplechase

Emma Coburn competes in the Womens 3000 Meter Steeplechase during day one of the 2015 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field on June 25, 2015 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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<p>Who runs the world? Girls! See where this girl loves to run. Head to my site’s “Favorites” page to see my favorite places to run in the world. Link in bio! (Instagram/emmacoburn) </p>
Emma Coburn | USA | Steeplechase

Who runs the world? Girls! See where this girl loves to run. Head to my site’s “Favorites” page to see my favorite places to run in the world. Link in bio! (Instagram/emmacoburn)

<p>Roll roll roll your calf, gently down the roller. Merrily merrily merrily merrily life it but a (nothing good rhymes with roller). Post long run rehab and rolling @rallysportboulder. Wearing the @newbalance #FreshFoam 1080s! (Instagram/emmacoburn) </p>
Emma Coburn | USA | Steeplechase

Roll roll roll your calf, gently down the roller. Merrily merrily merrily merrily life it but a (nothing good rhymes with roller). Post long run rehab and rolling @rallysportboulder. Wearing the @newbalance #FreshFoam 1080s! (Instagram/emmacoburn)

<p>When you and your sister accidentally match #blackdresswithcutouts #weddingbellsforthewaddells. Congrats @holldan & @calebralph! (Instagram/emmacoburn) </p>
Emma Coburn | USA | Steeplechase

When you and your sister accidentally match #blackdresswithcutouts #weddingbellsforthewaddells. Congrats @holldan & @calebralph! (Instagram/emmacoburn)

<p>Emma Coburn of the United States celebrates placing third in the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase final on Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images) </p>
Emma Coburn | USA | Steeplechase

Emma Coburn of the United States celebrates placing third in the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase final on Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

<p>Emma Coburn of the United States completes during the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase of the Diamond League Track and Field competition at Shanghai Stadium on May 18, 2014 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images) </p>
Emma Coburn | USA | Steeplechase

Emma Coburn of the United States completes during the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase of the Diamond League Track and Field competition at Shanghai Stadium on May 18, 2014 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)

<p>Emma Coburn of the United States poses with the bronze medal for the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase final on Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images) </p>
Emma Coburn | USA | Steeplechase

Emma Coburn of the United States poses with the bronze medal for the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase final on Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

<p>Emma Coburn of the United States completes during the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase of the Diamond League Track and Field competition at Shanghai Stadium on May 18, 2014 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images) </p>
Emma Coburn | USA | Steeplechase

Emma Coburn of the United States completes during the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase of the Diamond League Track and Field competition at Shanghai Stadium on May 18, 2014 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)

<p>Track and field athlete Emma Coburn poses for a portrait at the USOC Rio Olympics Shoot at Quixote Studios on November 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) </p>
Emma Coburn | USA | Steeplechase

Track and field athlete Emma Coburn poses for a portrait at the USOC Rio Olympics Shoot at Quixote Studios on November 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

<p>Emma Coburn of the United States competes during the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase Final on Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images) </p>
Emma Coburn | USA | Steeplechase

Emma Coburn of the United States competes during the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase Final on Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

<p>Emma Coburn pictured at Swimming Legends night at OMEGA House Rio 2016 on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage) </p>
Emma Coburn | USA | Steeplechase

Emma Coburn pictured at Swimming Legends night at OMEGA House Rio 2016 on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)

<p>Grinding away on prehab/rehab in a quiet gym (Sunday night crowd is weak) is made better with my favorrrittteee new print from @newbalance (Instagram/emmacoburn) </p>
Emma Coburn | USA | Steeplechase

Grinding away on prehab/rehab in a quiet gym (Sunday night crowd is weak) is made better with my favorrrittteee new print from @newbalance (Instagram/emmacoburn)

<p>it’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood #SeeMyRun (Instagram/emmacoburn) </p>
Emma Coburn | USA | Steeplechase

it’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood #SeeMyRun (Instagram/emmacoburn)

<p>12+ inches of snow last night….Arthur it’s not totally cut of for this life. Neither of us are super cut out for it #myfavoritethings (Instagram/emmacoburn) </p>
Emma Coburn | USA | Steeplechase

12+ inches of snow last night….Arthur it’s not totally cut of for this life. Neither of us are super cut out for it #myfavoritethings (Instagram/emmacoburn)

<p>A storm is brewing….and I don’t mean the storm over the Flatirons. I mean the storm that’s about to happen tonight on The Bachelor finale. (Instagram/emmacoburn) </p>
Emma Coburn | USA | Steeplechase

A storm is brewing….and I don’t mean the storm over the Flatirons. I mean the storm that’s about to happen tonight on The Bachelor finale. (Instagram/emmacoburn)

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