In this episode, Shanna and Kara interview steeplechase World Champion Emma Coburn.
Emma is an athlete that really needs no introduction, but for those that don't know, Emma is a 3-time global championship medalist. She won the bronze medal in 2016 at the Rio Olympics. She won the gold medal in London at the 2017 World Championships, and she followed that with the silver medal at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. Emma attended the University of Colorado where she earned three NCAA championships, two in the steeplechase and one in the indoor mile. She also own eight US championships in the steeplechase where she has been the dominant force since 2011.
In this interview with Emma, Shanna and Kara cover a wide range of topics from her beginnings as an athlete in the small mountain town of Crested Butte to what it's like to compete on the world stage against the best of the best. Emma talks about what she learned while running at the University of Colorado, what it's like to be coached by her husband Joe, the positive dynamic within her current training group, her secrets to consistency, and what she does to stay busy outside of running (hint: www.elkrun5k.com).
Emma discusses when she realized that the playing field was tainted by potential drug cheats and how she approaches competing with that knowledge. In addition, she tells a crazy drug testing story from the Rio Olympics and gives you the names of two brands who support both her and clean sport.
Emma is an inspiring athlete, a clean sport advocate, and just an all-around great person. Listen in, be a fan, and buy from the brands that sponsor and support an athlete like her!