Emma Coburn Biography

Emma Coburn is a 3000-meter steeplechase specialist from the United States. She became the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in that event as well. Her previous achievements include a silver medal at the 2019 World Championships. She is known for her enthusiasm in her performance.

Early Life

Emma was born on 19th October 1990 in Boulder, Colorado. Her parents are Bill and Annie Coburn and she grew up with Willy, Gracie, and Joe three of her siblings. Coburn has volunteered with the Mountain Adventure Kid’s Camp and Living Journeys Cancer Foundation.

Crested Butte Community School was Coburn’s alma mater. Coburn was an undergraduate at the University of Colorado in 2010 when he won the Pac-12 steeplechase title and finished second in the NCAA finals.

Emma Coburn Career

Emma’s professional career started as a junior player. In 2011, Coburn won the Pac-12 indoor 3000-meter title, as well as three NCAA outdoor medals. She holds the record for being the fourth-fastest American in history and the fastest American on American territory. Coburn’s performance of 9:25.28 in her first steeplechase of the 2012 season placed her fourth fastest in the US. All-time second in the US, behind Jenny Simpson.

Coburn was named the world record holder for the 3,000-metre steeplechase in April 2013. With her victory in London, Coburn became the first American woman to win a steeplechase gold medal at either the World Championships or the Olympics.

Because she was the defending World Champion in 2017, she was already an automatic qualifier for the 2019 World Championships. At the 2018 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships, Coburn finished third in the 3000 meters, behind winner Shelby Houlihan and runner-up Katie Mackey.

Emma Coburn Biography

Real Name Emma Coburn
Birth Date October 19, 1990
Age (as of 2023) 32 Years
Birth Place Boulder, Colorado, United States
Nationality American
Profession Middle-Distance Runner
Religion Christianity
Sun sign Libra

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 5’ 8” – in Centimeters – 173 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 54 kg  –  in Pounds –  119 lbs
Shoe Size 7.5 (U.S.)
Hair Color Blonde
Eye Color Blue
Body Type Athletic


Father Bill Coburn
Mother Annie Coburn
Sister One (Gracie Coburn Willette)
Brother Two (Joe & Willy Coburn)


School Crested Butte Community High School
College University of Colorado Boulder

Relationship Status

Marital Status Married
Affair No
Husband Joe Bosshard

Personal life

Emma Coburn married her husband Joe Bosshard in October 2017. Joe himself remained a professional runner and he is the current coach of Emma. They started dating in 2016 and later married in 2017. During their wedding days leading up to the ceremony, the duo spent their time practicing their “Dirty Dancing” moves on the beaches of Kauai.

They also enjoyed a luau rehearsal dinner with their fellow runner friends, including Kara and Adam Goucher. On the actual day of the wedding, the bride, Emma, swapped her race singlet for a breathtaking wedding gown. The couple quite often organizes various fundraising events as well. 

Emma Coburn Net worth

Emma has made quite a significant amount from her career. Whatever she made, surely comes from her winning events at track and field competitions be it national or international. Her estimated net worth is around $1 million as of 2023. 


  • Emma was in her college when she was picked for the 2012 Olympic team. 
  • She was featured on the cover of Runner’s World magazine in July 2016.
  • At the 2016 Rio Olympics, she took home a bronze medal in the women’s 3000m steeplechase.
  • Emma Coburn founded the Elk 5K race in Crested Butte, Colorado, in September 2017 to raise money for the Crested Butte Cancer Support Community, a cancer support organization.
  • Emma has 515k followers and 1118 followings on Instagram, where she has posted 2296 times. She has 63.1k followers and 420 followings on Twitter, and 127k fans on Facebook.

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