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Game Faces: Jenny Simpson, Olympic medalist

July 03, 2017

“There feels like just such a community effort driving towards some sort of personal best, and so I’m no different than so many other people that have regular jobs.”

By Levi Waddell, Mile High Sports

Jennifer Simpson is breaking down barriers in distance running, and her current hometown Boulder is a big reason why.

Her valiant effort in the 1500 meter race at the 2016 Rio Olympics solidified her place in history. In case you hadn’t heard, Simpson took home the bronze medal – the first-ever medal for an American woman in the metric Mile event.

“For 44 years American women have been trying to win in this event, so to finally be that American women that broke through in the medals, I just can’t believe it was me,” Simpson cheerfully states. “It just feels like I am part of the culmination of a long history of great middle distance runners, and I feel lucky that my place in history is being the first.”

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