Emma Coburn Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Aashita Dhingra
Jan 31, 2024 By Aashita Dhingra
Originally Published on May 07, 2022
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Emma Coburn is the first American woman to win gold in the steeplechase at the World Championships.
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About Emma Coburn

Emma Coburn is an American middle-distance runner. She competes in the 9842 ft (3000-m) steeplechase.
She was born on October 19, 1990, in Boulder. She is a three-time Olympic finalist and won the bronze medal at the Rio Olympic games in 2016.
She also won gold at the 2017 World Championships. She lives with her husband Joe Bosshard in Boulder, Colorado. Emma Coburn is sponsored by New Balance. The fitness apparel and footwear company signed her on in 2013.

Emma Coburn Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Emma Coburn’s net worth?

Emma Coburn's net worth is estimated to be approximately $2.5 million.

How much does Emma Coburn earn per year?

A precise estimate of how much Emma Coburnearns per year is not available.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Emma Coburn?

Emma Coburn is 5 ft 8 in (173 cm).

How old is Emma Coburn?

Emma Coburn was born on October 19, 1990. She is 31 years old.

Childhood And Education

Emma Coburn was born in Boulder in Colorado, in the United States of America. Her family moved to Crested Butte in Colorado when she was a teenager. She started running when she was 11 after she was inspired by her older siblings running track at school. She attended Crested Butte Community High school.
In 2009, she went to the University of Colorado Boulder. She graduated in 2013 with a degree in marketing.

Family, Romance, And, Relationships

Who is Emma Coburn's family?

Emma Coburn's parents are Bill Coburn and Annie Coburn. Their family moved from Boulder to Crested Butte in Colorado when Emma Coburn was in high school. Her siblings are Gracie Willette Coburn, Joe Coburn and Willy Coburn.

Who is Emma Coburn’s partner?

Emma Coburn is married to Joe Bosshard. He is a former professional runner and now coaches Team Bosshard.
She met him when they were teenagers. They were training under the same coach. They started dating after their senior year in high school and went to the same university. They became engaged in 2017 and Joe Bosshard became her coach soon after. The couple married in October of the same year.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For ...

Emma Coburn's running career started in high school. She finished in fourth position at the state cross country meet in both 2006 and 2007. In 2007, she finished fourth place in the 6561 ft (2000-m) steeplechase at the Nike Outdoor Nationals. She came second place in the same event in 2008, also recording the fifth-fastest time in high school history.
She earned two All-American honors during her high school career.
Emma Coburn joined the Colorado Buffaloes at the University of Colorado Boulder. In 2009, she qualified for the NCAA nationals as a freshman. In her sophomore year in 2010, she won a silver at the NCAA and also won the Pac-12 Indoor 9842 ft (3000-m) title. In 2011, Coburn went on to win the steeplechase title at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championship (USTAF). She then qualified for the American steeple team at the World Championships at Daegu, in South Korea. She came in 12th place in the finals. In 2012, she became the fastest American on U.S. soil in the steeplechase event at Nike Prefontaine Classic. She was the third current student at the University of Colorado who was eligible to compete in the Olympics. She also won gold at the USTAF in the same year.
Coburn finished her college career with six All-American honors. She was honored as the Pac-12 track athlete of the week in April 2013.
At 21 years, Emma Coburn was the youngest runner on the American team at the 2012 Olympic games in London. She finished in ninth place in the final round of the 9842 ft (3000-m) steeplechase.
In 2014, Coburn won the 9842 ft (3000-m) women's steeplechase at the Diamond League in Shanghai. She then went on to improve her own record four times in the same year. She broke her personal record at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, followed by the USTAF in Sacramento and the Paris Diamond League, and then finally at the Diamond League at Glasgow, where she came in second place.
Coburn qualified for the American Olympic team in 2016 by winning gold in the trials. She won a bronze medal at the finals in Rio in 2016 and became the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in steeplechase.
In 2017, she won gold in the 9842 ft (3000-m) steeplechase at the World Athletic Championship in London. She became the first American woman to do so by breaking her own American record. Coburn won silver at the same event in 2019.
In 2019, Coburn finished in second place at World Championships in Doha, Qatar. She qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by winning gold at the trials. She finished in 14th position in the finals but was disqualified for stepping off the track after she tripped and fell.
Emma Coburn has written a cookbook titled 'The Runner's Kitchen: 100 Stamina-Building, Energy-boosting Recipes, With Meal Plans To Maximize Your Training.' The book was published in December 2020 by Alpha Books.
She is best known for finishing in third place at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She is the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in the steeplechase.

Charity Work

In 2017, Emma Coburn partnered with a non-profit for cancer patients and their families called Living Journeys. Together with her husband, Joe Bosshard, she organized the Elk 5k marathon. By 2021, the marathon had raised more than $140,000 for the cancer support community in Crested Butte.

What awards has Emma Coburn won?

During her time at the University of Colorado, Emma Coburn was named the Pac-12 track athlete of the week in April 2013.
She won the IAAF Continental Cup in 2014. In 2017, she was voted as a female athlete of the year at the USA track and field nationals and received the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Award.

Emma Coburn’s Hobbies And Interests

Emma Coburn likes to ski ever since she was a child. She enjoys cooking for herself every day. She also likes to bake cakes at least once a week.

Other Interesting Emma Coburn Facts And Trivia

As a child, Coburn and her family went rafting and mountain biking during summertime.
Coburn was part of the basketball and volleyball teams during high school.
She displays her medals from the Olympics and World Championships on a shelf in her living room.
She has a pet dog named Arthur.
Emma Coburn has her own line of sports equipment on her website. Her merchandise includes resistance bands, mobility balls, and sliders.

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University of Colorado Boulder

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