There’s no doubt that University of Colorado students, faculty and alumni will be tuning into to watch the Olympics. Crested Butte home owners are expected to do the same, as hometown runner Emma Coburn will be competing for the gold. She is part of a pair of Boulder track and field athletes who are headed across the pond to represent the U.S. in the same event.
When asked about the uniqueness of having two students from the same college competing in the same event, CU track and field coach Mark Wetmore said, “I’ve never seen it before. There were maybe five collegians on the 2008 Beijing team; I’ve never seen two from the same event.”
Coburn and Kipp are both first-time members of Team USA who are talented and ready to compete. They both qualified for the 2012 Summer Games after finishing first and third respectively in the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. And this isn’t Coburn’s first time competing at the international level. She ran last summer in the IAFF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, and is an NCAA steeplechase champion from 2011, dominating in the 3,000-meter race.
Crested Butte’s Coburn red-shirted during both the last indoor and outdoor seasons to ready herself for an Olympic run. She adds, “To be very honest, I’m a very small fish in a big pond, even with the USA athletes,” Coburn said. “I’m not an Allyson Felix (U.S. sprinter), I’m not someone who’s favored to win gold. To be honest, I think I’m just going to skate by under the radar. I think the Colorado community cares about me; I think USATF cares about me. I’m fine. Eventually I’d like to be favored for a medal, but this time around I’m fine being under the radar, being the little fish in the big pond and having my other buddy fish with me to swim along. I’m fine with that.”
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