Today, we continue our series on the hottest Olympic hopefuls. These athletes are beautiful, dedicated and strong.
She might seem to be your average hot blonde girl, but Emma Coburn is one of the top American track and field stars around. As a middle distance runner specializing in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, Coburn has dominated USA national championship competitions since 2011. Coburn was the youngest American runner at the 2012 Olympics and finished at 9th place in steeplechase, clocking in her personal best. She has since continued to improve at an amazing rate, surpassing US all-time world record holder Jenny Simpson’s best time during a jaw-dropping showing at the Glasgow Grand Prix in 2014.
Coburn is definitely one to watch in Rio, but she has a significant challenge ahead of her if she wants to take the gold medal. While Kenya and Ethiopia have dominated the event in international qualifiers, Coburn remains confident that America’s team will be able to pull off a victory. If anyone manages to unseat the reigning champions, though, it will be this talented woman.