Jenny Simpson finished 10th in the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials 1500 meters, running 4:07.76. In 2022, the Colorado grad was one of 30 inductees into the inaugural class of USTFCCCA’s Collegiate Athlete Hall of Fame.
In 2020, Simpson won the Camel City Elite 3000 meters in 8:51.49, a flat-track indoor "world record". The next week, she recorded a 14:58.67 for 5000m indoors (#3 U.S. all-time).
The 2019 USA 1500m runner-up won the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile for the record 8th time and 7th consecutive time, clocking an event record 4:16.1, and just edging U.S. rising star Elinor Purrier. In arguably the greatest women's 1500m ever, Simpson finished 8th, clocking 3:58.42 at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar.
In 2018, the 3-time Olympian opened her outdoor racing season with an American 2 Mile outdoor and absolute record, clocking 9:16.78 at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. In July at the Müller Anniversary Games Mile: Diamond League London meet, she finished 4th in 4:17.30, a track PR (#2 U.S. all-time outdoors and #3 overall). Like the past 5 years, Jenny closed her season at the 5th Avenue Mile and for a record 6th consecutive year (7th overall), she claimed victory, in 2018, clocking 4:18.8.
At the 2017 USA Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, Simpson won her fourth straight national 1500m title, recording 4:06.33 to earn another medal shot at the World Championships. In July at the Müller Anniversary Games, Simpson finished 5th in the Mile, clocking 4:19.98 to become the second fastest American woman outdoors for the iconic distance.
At the 2017 World Championships in London, she won a 1500m silver medal with an incredible closing finish, clocking 4:02.76; her third medal at the Worlds (also, Daegu 2011 gold and Moscow 2013 silver) -- jammin' Jenny!
Simpson ended her stellar 2017 season with another 5th Avenue Mile title, an event record 6th overall (5th consecutive) with an event record tying 4:16.6.
With a seasoned flourish, Jenny won the 1500 meter bronze medal at the Rio Olympics, the first Olympic medal by a U.S. woman in the event, breaking the beam in 4:10.53 to make history. At the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., Jenny took the 1500m title in 4:04.74 to earn her third Team USA Olympic berth. Simpson capped her 2016 racing season by winning her event record 5th New Balance 5th Avenue Mile, edging Laura Muir of Great Britain, 4:18.3 to 4:18.5.
In 2015, she defended her USA 1500 title (4:14.86) in Eugene, and in September, she set a then track Mile personal record of 4:22.18 in Brussels, and two days later, Simpson secured a women's event record fourth NYRR 5th Avenue Mile title, edging rival Shannon Rowbury, 4:29.0 to 4:29.3.
At the 2014 USA Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, Simpson won her first outdoor metric Mile national crown, breaking the beam in 4:04.96, and later in the summer of 2014, the world's top Miler won the Diamond League title for her discipline. Jenny ended her stellar 2014 season by defending her NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile crown, edging fellow American Brenda Martinez, 4:19.4 to 4:19.6; it was her third FAM title. In addition, Track & Field News selected Jenny as the 2014 U.S. Women's Athlete-of-the-Year and ranked her #1 in the world for the 1500m / Mile.
The 2008 & 2012 U.S. Olympian was the 2013 IAAF World Championship 1500m silver medalist (4:02.99), and later in 2013, she won the NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile, clocking 4:19.3. In 2012 she took third in the 1500 meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials to punch her ticket to London. At the 2012 USA Indoor Championships, Simpson won 1500 and 3000m titles (defended).
Simpson was the 2011 IAAF World Champion at 1500 meters, capping off a year in which she took home titles in the Mile and 3000 meters at the USA Indoor Championships, in addition to a runner-up finish in the 1500 meters at the USA Outdoor Championships.
In 2009 she broke the U.S. and North American record in the 3000m Steeplechase (9:12.50, later broken by Emma Coburn in 2014), finishing 4th at the IAAF World Championships and also became one of four American women to run under 4 minutes in the 1500 meters (3:59.90) at that time. That same year, in her final season at the University of Colorado, she broke five NCAA Division I records (1500m, 3000m SC, 5000m outdoors & 3000m, 5000m indoors) and also set the still standing NCAA indoor (and absolute) Mile record (4:25.91, her indoor track PR).
FUN FACT: Growing up, Jenny competed in equestrian from western pleasure to show jumping to dressage.
FUN FACT II: In 2018, Oviedo High School named its track in honor of its accomplished alumna.
"I’m again drawn to what is bigger than myself, whether that’s wearing a Team USA uniform at the Olympic Games or being part of a long and significant Colorado legacy, I feel really privileged that I get to be a part of something bigger than me."
“I go into every season and every championship as if it was a new beginning. I don’t drag in baggage from the past as I also don’t prop myself up with accomplishments of old. Each year is its own mountain to climb."
“You eat three times a day and you sleep every single night, so I think if you can get those two things really, really right it can have a greater impact just because of the frequency of how often you engage in those activities.”
In thrilling finishes, Jenny Simpson breaks event record by clocking 4:16.1 to edge Elinor Purrier, while Willis wins in photo-finish over Chris O’Hare & Sam Prakel; event & world record 9,275 participants raced across the 24 heats at the world’s most iconic road Mile
Stellar fields including four-time men's champ Nick Willis at world’s most iconic road Mile; $34,000 prize purse; inaugural Back to School Mile added to 39th edition; event to be broadcast live on NBC beginning at 12:30pm ET
NEW YORK – Olympic medalist Jenny Simpson will race for...
"He looked in the mirror and executed to the best of his skills; the brush strokes and color combinations he used; how he composed himself looking straight into the mirror. If you are willing to do that, you can be good at what you do."
Eric Jenkins, Jenny Simpson return to defend event titles; iconic road Mile race to air live on NBC and to feature 23 heats throughout the day, including specialty heats for youth, seniors, NYPD / FDNY and the first-ever Borough Battle
"I had a period of time to let the Olympic experience settle on me. When everyone is saying, 'This is such a big deal; we are so excited for you,' I feel like I had a better sense of, 'This is a really big deal.'"
Olympic gold medalist Matthew Centrowitz leads men’s field, while Team New Balance stars and Olympic bronze medalists Jenny Simpson & Emma Coburn highlight women’s field; world’s largest & most iconic road Mile race to be streamed live on USATF.tv and to include specialty heats for youth, seniors...
"They are waiting for the battle of St. Crispan's Day, and are outnumbered five to one. Sometimes this year, with wave after wave of scandal in our sport, it has felt as if we were up against impossible odds. But, 'She who has no stomach for this fight, let her depart ... .' "
Simpson won a gold medal at the 2011 World Championships: “What that shifted for me is, I believed I could win any race ever. I have the medal to go home to, to remind myself that you don’t have to have a perfect season to win at the world level."
"It's tit-for-tat, so you're not making a lot of decisions. When they go, I go. When they slow down, I slow down. Finally, you're preparing for when you're going to strike. It's empowering to determine when to strike. It's a much more predatory position than leading a race and having to fend...
"Simpson is still in a good position for the World Championships. But Dibaba, Hassan, Kipyegon all represent very real threats to Simpson’s supremacy, and she will have to be at her very best if she is to hold them off at Worlds."
Simpson said after USAs that she has no plans to attack Mary Slaney‘s 3:57.12 U.S. record prior to Worlds. That said, if it’s going to take 3:57 to win the race — and with this field, it could — the record is in jeopardy.
Both athletes lowered their 1500m PR last year, now Mary Slaney’s American record of 3:57.12 is in sight. Biggest middle distance rivalry since Suzy Favor Hamilton and Regina Jacobs clashed in the 90s.
By Scott Bush, RunnerSpace.com
Down the homestretch come the Americans. Simpson leads, but...
LONDON — A year ago Jenny Simpson ran what she called "the perfect race on the perfect day," winning a gold medal in the 1500 meters at the world championships. Pretty much the opposite happened Wednesday night.
Simpson, a Monument resident and Colorado grad,...
LONDON — Monument'sJenny Simpson brought some unwanted drama and suspense to the first round of the women's 1500 meters Monday, qualifying for the semifinal on Wednesday with less than a second to spare.
Simpson, the reigning world champion and a former...
Bring Back the Mile’s podcast series, 4 Minutes with a Miler, presents its second installment with 2011 World Champion and 4:25.91 Miler, Jenny Simpson, who is based in Colorado Springs and coached by Juli Benson. It is hosted by Duncan Larkin with the audio available below and through the iTunes...