Originally published November 2, 2015
Republished August 8, 2022
I was thinking about Emily Infeld the other day, and considering her long career, and remembered this SATV+RBR Athlete of the Month that we gave Emily in August 2015!
This video was originally published in November 2015 on RunBlogRun. Emily Infeld was our 2015 August SATV+RBR Athlete of the Month due to her tough battle for the bronze medal in the 10,000 meters.
Check out our commentary, posted below and not updated since 2015.
Emily Infeld has had highs and lows since then. She battled back to make the 2022 World Championships team in the 5,000 meters after being off the 10,000m team by centimeters.
Emily Infeld is one of the great ones. Her enduring example is how to battle for what you want and what you dream about. This writer has interviewed her on several occasions and has enjoyed our interactions immensely.
Our original commentary:
“Emily Infeld won the only medal for Americans, male or female, above 400 meters in Beijing. Her spirited finish was one of the most amazing moments of the Beijing World Champs. The women’s 10,000 meters with their third, fourth, and sixth finishes for the U.S. was one of the most human moments of the World Champs. In her exhaustion at the end of the 10,000 meters, Molly Huddle celebrated one meter early. In her focus at the end of the 10,000 meters, Emily Infeld just dug in and ran through the finish. In her return to a focus on the track, Shalane Flanagan ran one of her best 10,000-meter races in years.
This was the perfect storm. For Emily Infeld, it was the moment of a lifetime, where the coaching of Jerry Schumacher, the advice of Shalane Flanagan, and the frustrations of times, good and bad, came together. That is why we believe that at RunBlogRun, Emily Infeld gets our RBR Athlete of the Month for August 2015. A race of true grit, a race full of emotions, but, in the end, Emily Infeld earned her bronze medal by giving it her all that day.
Emily Infeld will treasure that day, full of human emotions and full of what makes our sport, at certain moments, so thrilling. Really wonderful people, who have trained all of their young lives for one or two moments, and when those moments come, with emotion, sweat, and clarity, the honesty is almost overwhelming.
Such was the women’s 10,000 meters from those of us at RunBlogRun and the Shoe Addicts.”
In 2022, Emily Infeld made the U.S. team at 5,000 meters for the World Athletics Championships, where she made the final in the 5,000 meters. Emily Infeld just missed the 10,000m team for Eugene in 2022.
To read our recent story on Emily, please go to the following link (July 2022):
COROS Athletes Watch #7: After her Olympic dream was taken off her, Emily Infeld returns to make a mark at the World Championships on home soil, by Deji Ogeyingbo, https://www.runblogrun.com/2022/07/coros-athletes-watch-7-after-her-olympic-dream-was-taken-off-her-emily-infeld-returns-to-make-a-mark-at-the-world-championships-on-home-soil.html
SATV+RBR Athlete of the Month, August 2015: Emily Infeld, bronze medal, 10,000 meters, Beijing 2015 World Championships: https://www.runblogrun.com/2015/11/satvrbr-athlete-of-month-world-champs-bronze-medalist-emily-infeld-2.html