facebook twitter rss
Jenny Simpson is a runner competing at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA. She is making her second straight appearance at the Games, where she figures to be a medal contender in the women's 1500m. Simpson was a 2008 Beijing Olympic finalist in the steeplechase.

Jenny Simpson continued her middle-distance mastery at the open of the 2012 season. She won the Wanamaker Women's Mile at the Millrose Games in 4:07.27. After a seventh-place finish in the 3000m at the New Balance Indoor grand Prix, she rebounded to repeat as national champion in 9:19.15 at the USA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque. She also added a second straight title in the mile in 4:15.04.

After the 2011 season concluded, Simpson was presented with the unique opportunity to compete on a Japanese television game show. The premise of the show had her running 1500m on the warm-up track to Tokyo Olympic stadium while teams of comedians, two men per team, ran relay style (first guy ran 700 meters and the second 800 meters) to try and beat her. "These guys were in good shape," Simpson said. "I didn't realize how fast I would have to run. I ended up running something like 4:20, but the last 100m was probably as fast as I ran to win Worlds."

Before hanging up her racing flats for the year, Simpson joined a number of the leading middle distance runners in New York for the Fifth Avenue Mile road race. The event was particularly special for Simpson as her younger sister Emily, who serves in the Army in Alabama and whom she had not seen in over a year, was able to attend the race. Simpson treated her sister, who watched from the finish line in her fatigues, to a classic effort, out-kicking Hannah England of Great Britain and Sally Kipyego of Kenya to win in 4:22.3.

As the 2011 season began, Simpson had slid out of the mainstream consciousness having not competed in over a year. She provided a glimpse of things to come during the winter when she won both the mile and the 3000m titles at the USA Indoor Championships. She qualified for the World Championships with a runner-up finish to Morgan Uceny at the USA Outdoor Championships in 4:05.66. In Daegu, she advanced with a fifth-place finish in the opening round and second-place run in the semifinals. The final broke tactically and Simpson maintained contact throughout. Coming down the final stretch she was able to bolt to the front and hold off Hannah England of Great Britain and Natalia Rodriguez of Spain for a surprising world title in 4:05.40. She became the first American woman to win the 1500m title since Mary Decker-Slaney in 1983.

Just about every major transition that a young adult could experience happened to Simpson in 2010. She graduated from Colorado, embarked on a professional career, switched from her college coach Mark Wetmore to Juli Benson, got married and moved from Boulder to Monument, Colorado. As if that wasn't stressful enough, her training became increasingly laborious. She was diagnosed with stress reactions in her femur, but rather than rest the injury she continued to run on it. After a third-place finish in the 5000m at the USA Outdoor Championships, she was forced to miss the rest of the year.

While showcasing world-class versatility, Simpson remained dedicated to the steeplechase in 2009. She won her first six races of the season, including the NCAA and USA Outdoor championships. At the World Championships in Berlin, Simpson finished fifth in 9:12.50, lopping almost 10 seconds off her American record.

Simpson's final collegiate year at Colorado was highlighted by a number of records and outstanding performances. Before even getting to the World Championships, she established personal-bests at five different distances. Indoors, she ran 4:25.91 for the mile, 8:42.03 for 3000m and 15:01.70 for 5000m. Outdoors, she became the third-fastest U.S. woman in history at 1500m with a runner-up finish at the Prefontaine Classic in 3:59.90. She also won the 5000m at the DN Galan meet in Stockholm in 15:05.25.

A little more than two weeks after winning the NCAA title in the 3000m steeplechase, Simpson was in Eugene competing at her first Olympic Trials. A little weary from her collegiate season, she finished third to Anna Pierce and Lindsey Anderson in 9:33.11, earning the final spot on the U.S. team. A month later, she headed to Europe to tune-up and wound up setting an American record of 9:22.73 in Huesden. In Beijing, Simpson advanced to the final where she lowered her record to 9:22.26 in a ninth-place finish.

Simpson burst onto the national scene in 2007 when she won the women's 3000m steeplechase at the USA Outdoor Championships in Indianapolis. Her winning time of 9:34.64 was the second fastest time ever recorded by an American woman, trailing only the then-American record of 9:29.32 set by Briana Shook on July 31, 2004.

Simpson had one of the longest seasons in the history of the University of Colorado, starting cross country in August of 2006 and ending at the end of the 2007 cross country season in November. Along the way, she won the steeplechase at the 2006 NCAA Championships, at the 2006 and 2007 Midwest Region Championships, at the 2007 U.S. Outdoor Championships and at the 2007 DecaNation Championships. Simpson was named Colorado's Female Athlete of the Year.

With winning the U.S. Outdoor title, came the chance to compete at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka. Simpson made the trip as the youngest member of the U.S. team. She placed 22nd in the prelims in 9:51.04. Simpson extended her stay overseas after she was asked to participate at the 2007 DecaNation Championships. The championship was made up of seven countries; each had the opportunity to be represented by one athlete per event. Simpson won the event in 9:33.95.

With the steeplechase set to make its debut as a women's event in Beijing, Simpson did not take her role as one of the sport's early competitors for granted. "The steeplechase is becoming an Olympic event," Simpson said. "And as it is developing, I think a lot of these records are going to start coming down. But being a pioneer in this event is really something special and I am really honored to be in the position that I am in."

In high school, Simpson was a four-time all-Seminole Athletic Conference, all-region and all-state runner, a five-time 4A Florida State champion on the track and three-time champion in cross country. She earned All-America honors in cross-country as a junior and senior, when she was the 2005 state finalist for the Wendy's High School Heisman Award and finalist for the Sports Illustrated Got Milk Award. She held Florida state record in the 800m (2:15), the mile (4:48), the two-mile (10:18), the 5000m (16:55) and the three-mile (18:36).

Simpson was graduated from Colorado with a degree in political science in 2009. Her hobbies include playing piano and serving as an interpreter as she is fluent in sign language. Her volunteer work includes participating in local adopt-a-road programs, Habitat for Humanity projects, as well as volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House. On Oct. 18, 2010 she married Jason Simpson.


How tall is Jenny Simpson? How old is Jenny Simpson? Where does Jenny Simpson live? Find out here.

Age: 30 years old
Birthday: August 23, 1986
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 110 lbs.
Birthplace: Webster City, IA
Hometown: Oviedo, FL
Current Residence: Monument, CO
Husband: Jason Simpson

Ryan Lochte Ryan Lochte Races Over to '90210' — Fresh off of his five medal wins from the 2012 London Olympics, the swimmer will make a cameo on the episode airing Monday, October 29, on The CW. Read more...
Gabby Douglas London Olympics Is Most-Watched TV Event in US History — More than 219 million people watched the 2012 London Olympics, surpassing the 215 million from the 2008 Beijing Games. Read more...
Bob Costas in "Football Night in America" '2012 London Olympic Games' Hosts and Correspondents Announced — Bob Costas, a 22-time Emmy Award-winning broadcaster, returns as the primetime host of the summer games, which begin Friday, July 27. Read more...





Track & Field







Rhythmic Gymnastics

Field Hockey




Post a Comment
Display Name
E-mail (optional)
(not displayed with comment)
URL (optional)
  BB code and links are not permitted.