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America Has Fallen In Love With Steeplechase Competitor Emma Coburn

Emma Coburn may not be the first name you think of when you think about the United States' track and field Olympians. That seems to be changing though as the Rio games roll on.

The 25-year-old Coburn, a middle distance runner, is making a bigger name for herself as one of the top competitors in the steeplechase. She finished second in her heat today with a time of 9:18.12, qualifying for the finals on Monday morning.

In the process, Coburn captured the attention and affection of plenty of Americans who tuned in.

">@emmajcoburn! - can't wait to see the final, you're going to kill it! #TeamUSA#RioOlympics2016

— Paul Bernon (@pbernon) August 13, 2016

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">@emmajcoburn!

— Cecilia (@MommiesRun)

gah i freaking love the steeple chase. So nerve wracking yet so badass. Let's go @emmajcoburn!

— Cecilia (@MommiesRun) August 13, 2016

">August 13, 2016

It's great to see Coburn get more recognition, but she has been doing her thing for some time now. Coburn, who ran in college at the University of Colorado, raced in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She finished ninth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at those games.

In 2015, she finished fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the World Championships in Beijing. She has also won the event at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 2011, 2014 and 2015. Earlier this year, Coburn appeared in ESPN's Body Issue. 

">@espn : Marcus Eriksson. The issue is on stands now! pic.twitter.com/h9hTTiqm3N — emma coburn (@emmajcoburn)

#tbt ESPN #bodyissue. Thanks for the adventure @espn!! 📸: Marcus Eriksson. The issue is on stands now! pic.twitter.com/h9hTTiqm3N

— emma coburn (@emmajcoburn) July 14, 2016

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Coburn will have a chance to go for the gold on Monday. If she wins it, expect her to blow up even more.