She captured the bronze medal in the women's 1,500 meters at the Rio Olympics. It's the first time a female runner from the U.S. has ever medaled in the event.

Simpson, who hails from Webster City, Iowa came on strong in the final lap, to capture the bronze medal.

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Simpson turns 30 on August 23, two weeks to the day after her run to bronze. She told USA Today Sports, via the Des Moines Register, "I love competing. I love feeling that stress on the last lap. I was one of the crowd who could maybe get third so I'm really happy."

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Her sister gave her some great advice, that she took to heart. "My sister told me that if I did a lap of honor I should do it slow. She said, ‘You’ve already climbed Everest. Make sure you enjoy the view.’ ”

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Jenny was thrilled to finish third. Not just for herself, but clearly for her country as well saying, "Hopefully, every American watching my race tonight — I want them to think that they can take a small piece of ownership in this medal.”