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By: Glenn Asakawa, University of Colorado
Shalaya Kipp and Emma Coburn at a press conference earlier this month
Coburn & Kipp are Ready For London Games
Release: July 27, 2012
By: Linda Sprouse, Assistant SID
BOULDER-Emma Coburn and Shalaya Kipp will be seniors on the 2013 CU track and field roster, but first they will represent the United States at the London Olympic Summer Games July 27-August 12.

This is the first trip to the games for Coburn and Kipp and both are competing in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. It's a rare occurrence to have two athletes in the same event for the same country.

"I've never seen it before; it's pretty rare for a single collegiate to make it from a team," CU coach Mark Wetmore said. "In 2008, there were maybe five collegiate athletes on the 2008 Beijing team.  I've never seen two from the same event."

This will be Coburn's second time on an international team as she competed at the 2011 IAAF World Championships and earned a 12th-place finish in the finals. Coburn currently ranks 12th in the world. Unlike the races Coburn has run on American soil, including the trials, she's not considered a favorite at the games, but that doesn't bother her one bit.

"I have never had a breakdown from being a favorite," Coburn explained.  "That doesn't bother me.  Any time I've raced in an international field it's been nice to sit behind some people and race hard and see what happens.  I'm looking forward to that.  The pressure of being looked at and being a favorite doesn't bother me."

Kipp will be making her first appearance on an international team and will draw from Coburn's experience.

"[Having Emma as a teammate] probably helps me the most," she said. "I get to learn so much from Emma; she has the international experience and she tells me the little things I get to know.  In practice, I get to follow her off water jumps, she has beautiful form.  I really benefit from having Emma as a teammate. "

The duo will join former Buffs Kara Goucher, Dathan Ritzenhein and Jenny Simpson. This is the second Olympics for Goucher and Simpson, while it's the third games for RItzenhein. Goucher competed in the 5,000 and 10,000-meter runs in 2008 and will run in the marathon this time around. Simpson competed in the steeplechase in 2008 and will run the 1,500; she is the reigning 1,500 world champion in the event. Ritzenhein will compete in the 10k this time. He also ran the 10k in 2004 and ran the marathon in 2008.

CU also has another representative competing at the games as Flora Duffy, a senior, will compete in the triathlon for her native country of Bermuda. This is Duffy's second Olympics.

All Olympic events will be streamed live at NBCOlympics.com for free depending on your cable/satellite provider. Live results will also be available at the U.S. Track & Field website (www.usatf.org) and NBCOlympics.com for those who cannot access the live stream.

Notes: There are several other CU ties to the London Olympic Games...Former CU student and sports information assistant Doug Strauss is working with beach volleyball and another former student assistant, Cole Mickelson, is interning with USA Basketball in Colorado Springs...CU women's basketball color analyst Carol Callan is USA Basketball's Women's National Team Director...Cheryl Preheim (9News) and Lisa (Robbins) Menzies (freelance editor and replay specialist for track and field coverage on NBC) are alumni working the games in London...Dean Greenaway, a former CU student-athlete and Olympian for the British Virgin Islands, is an official photographer at the track and field events...CU instructor Amanda McCracken is freelancing for Competitor Magazine and Women's Running while in London.  

Social Media: The official twitter hash tag for CU at the Olympics is #LondonBuffs. Please follow CU track and field's handle on twitter: @CUBuffsTrack and @CUBuffs for updates throughout the games.

Buffs In London Track & Field Schedule (All Times Are Mountain)

Women's 3,000 Meter Steeplechase - (Emma Coburn and Shalaya Kipp)
Sat. 8/4: Round 1, 4:35 a.m.
TV: Tape-delayed on NBC - no time is given
Mon. 8/6: Finals, 2:05 p.m.
TV: Tape-delayed on NBC between 11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m.

Women's Triathlon - (Flora Duffy)
Sat. 8/4: Finals, 2 a.m.
TV: Live on NBC Sports Network between 2-4:15 a.m.

Men's 10,000 Meters - (Dathan Ritzenhein)
Sat. 8/4: Finals, 2:15 p.m.
TV: Tape-delayed on NBC between 3:15-4 p.m.

Women's Marathon - (Kara Goucher)
Sun. 8/5: Finals, 4 a.m.
TV: Tape-delayed on NBC from 5-8 a.m.

Women's 1,500 Meters - (Jenny Simpson)
Mon. 8/6: Round 1, 4:45 a.m.
TV: Tape-delayed on NBC between 9-9:30 a.m.
Wed. 8/8: Semis, 12:45 p.m.
TV: Tape-delayed on NBC - no time is given
Fri. 8/10: Finals, 1:55 p.m.
TV: Tape-delayed on NBC - no time is given

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