Kara Goucher: Olympic Distance Runner

August 14, 2008

Meet Kara Goucher, a distance runner who will compete in her very first Olympics in Beijing. See photos, video and a biography of Kara below.

**UPDATE 8/14/08 – Kara Goucher has been writing home for the Duluth News Tribune, and in an entry dated August 10th, recalled how she met Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Jason Kidd at the Opening Ceremonies. She got her picture taken with all of them and one of them asked for her phone number. Hmmmm, I wonder which one it was? Kara is married…


Kara Goucher was quite impressive at last month’s Olympic Trials, having qualified for the Beijing Olympics in the 5000m and 10,000m. Watch for her to compete at the Olympics in the 10,000m event on August 15th and the 5000m is set for August 19th.

As a biography, Kara Goucher was born on July 9, 1978 in Queens, New York. She grew up in Duluth, Minnesota and went by the name Kara Wheeler after her mother remarried. She attended Duluth East High School and graduated in 1996. She went on to the University of Colorado, where she graduated in 2001.

She ran for Colorado and in 2000, she became the NCAA Outdoor Champion in the 3000m and 5000m event, was the NCAA Cross Country Champion and finished 8th in the Olympic Trials in the 5000m event.

Kara fought off injuries in the next few years but in 2006, she placed 2nd in the 5k at the USATF Outdoor Championships. That same year she placed third in the 3000m at the IAAF World Cup.

The following year, she took home the bronze medal in the 10,000m event at the IAAF World Championships in Osaka, Japan. She competed in the Great North Run in September 2007, where she won with a time of 1:06:57.

2008 has been good to Kara thus far. She won the Millrose Games mile with a time of 4:36:03. At the U.S. Olympic Trials in June, she qualified for the Beijing Olympics in the 5000m and 10,000m events.

Kara is married to fellow runner Adam Goucher, whom she met at the University of Colorado. Together, they make their home in Portland, Oregon where they both train under the tutelage of legendary runner Alberto Salazar.

Click below for more photos and video of Kara Goucher.

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