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This is an online exclusive story from ESPN The Magazines Body Issue 2016. Deone Bucannon Jersey . Subscribe today!?And for more from the 2016 Body Issue, check out,?and pick up a copy on newsstands starting July 8.Four-time U.S. national steeplechase champion Emma Coburn knows a thing or two about making big leaps, so perhaps its no surprise that she jumped at the chance to be in the 2016 Body Issue. During a short break in her Olympic training, Coburn spoke with ESPNs Morty Ain about climbing mountains, her Game of Thrones obsession and why you dont call them hurdles.So often we are celebrating statistics and medals and championships, but its the blood, sweat and tears that go into making those performances happen within these bodies.There was a physical and emotional benefit to growing up in a mountain town. Physically, growing up at 9,000 feet in Crested Butte, Colorado ... at a young age I had such a diverse set of sports that I was doing. When youre a kid, its not even considered sports -- our hobbies in the summer as a family were rafting and mountain biking and climbing. I grew up snowboarding and skiing. Physically, having a diverse athletic background has helped me become a stronger runner in terms of muscular development and coordination.Emotionally, growing up there was just about having fun. People write all the time about the benefits of not specializing in a sport too young so you dont burn out. I was happy to not really take running too seriously as my No. 1 sport until my junior year of high school.I climbed my first fourteener when I was 7 years old. A 14,000-foot mountain is called a fourteener in Colorado. There are 60ish fourteeners, and my dad has climbed them all twice, my mom has climbed them all once and my sister and her husband are trying to make their way through them as well. I only have climbed probably three of them; I retired from that sport probably when I was 12.We dont call them hurdles, we call them barriers, because they are 4-by-4 blocks of wood. Its not like a 100-meter hurdle where if you hit it, the hurdle falls. If you hit the barrier, you go down. It will leave you pretty scarred, so its a bit intimidating.Steeplechase is 3,000 meters of hurdling on a track. Its four barriers per lap that are 30 inches high for women, and then theres a water jump every lap. Its a 7.5-lap race, so you have seven water jumps. Its a 10-foot water pit and you jump up onto a 30-inch barrier and then step on the barrier and propel yourself over the 10-foot water pit. Its a fun event. Ive always loved it just because its a little bit more exciting than just the monotony of running around a track over and over and over again.Ive never had a big wipeout face-plant. Im 5-8 and the barriers are 30 inches high, which is about the height of my hip, so being a little bit taller makes clearing the barriers easier.How I ended up doing steeplechase was a happy accident. I was competing in a track meet out of state in Albuquerque, and I was signed up to run the 800 meters. To get to Albuquerque was about a seven- or eight-hour drive. My dad thought that was a very long way to drive to just watch two laps of running, so he looked at the schedule, and the only event that was on a different day that worked with our schedule was the steeplechase. I didnt really know anything about it, but I thought that it could be fun -- why not try it? I ended up winning my race and qualifying for the high school nationals meet. If that meet in Albuquerque had written a different schedule, I probably would have never been recruited to run in college.I think sometimes people lack some of the coordination needed for the blind hurdling required for the steeplechase. Often in a race, there are so many people around you that you dont even have eyes on the barrier, you have eyes on the people in front of you, and then you see their heads bump up: OK, its my time to go.I run 80 miles a week. It is intense, but Im not unique or special; I would say most female middle- to long-distance runners run 70 to 100 miles a week. Its just that the sport demands a pretty intense training load. We run seven days a week and sometimes two runs in a day, and the weight room, and 15-mile-long runs. But I have so many people around me who are doing it, it doesnt feel as taxing as it might seem.I dont take a day off; I probably run nine times a week. I find that the best way to connect with people is to run with them. I have someone that Im running with at least eight of those nine runs a week, if not nine of nine, so its a great time to catch up with friends. My training partners are my friends.Ive never been self-conscious about my body. I never really thought much about it. Its just kind of the vessel that lets me do the things I like to do. It never dawned on me to think about it beyond that.I grew up as the runt of our familys litter. I have an older brother and older sister, and I just wanted to tag along with them and kind of do everything that they were doing. My parents would bring me on these adventures just because my siblings were capable enough and old enough to do it, so my parents just said, All right, youre coming with. For the first 10 years of my life, I was just the little kid trying to keep up.I was kind of an ugly baby. I was sick-skinny and I had straight hair -- I was just not a cute, cuddly, chunky baby. It turned out OK, but I was definitely kind of gangly. Both my brother and sister had beautiful, blond, ringlet hair and were gorgeous little babies, and then I was kind of the ... less cute one.Im not naturally the most confident athlete. But if my coaches tell me that I can run a certain time, I believe it with no question. Then thats it, thats decided, thats what Im going to run. Any edge I have is because of the people around me.The steeplechase is a pretty taxing event. Watch a slo-mo water-jump video and youll see their ankles and lower legs compressing. Youll see how jarring it is on everyones body who lands. Its so much more than anything else in any distance event.In 2013, I had a sacral stress fracture. I was at the NCAA championships -- my last collegiate race ever. I chose to race the final anyway just because it was so important to me, and it broke during the race. So I ran the steeplechase in 2013 with a broken sacrum [lower back] which was really uncomfortable. I was on the verge of signing a contract with New Balance and trying to qualify for the world championship team two weeks later. So I had to just call New Balance and say, Im sorry, but Im too hurt to compete for the U.S. title. The timing was pretty tough.My feet are pretty gross. I have bone spurs on my heels, and bunions. Luckily, I never lose toenails, which is great. They are just not my best feature.The nice part about being a professional athlete is so much of my job is resting and recovery in between sessions. As part of my job, I have to sit on a couch and either nap or relax. Last April or May, I binge-watched the first five seasons of Game of Thrones in two weeks.Maybe Im too into Game of Thrones now because they are invading my dreams. Recently in one I was climbing Mount Everest with Brienne of Tarth, except Mount Everest was actually Mount Crested Butte. Brienne of Tarth was helping me and she was in her full set of armor, and then Jaime Lannister rode in on a horse when we were near the summit and tried to kill us. It was a cliffhanger, so I dont know yet if we made it off the mountain alive or not [laughs]. Wholesale Arizona Cardinals Jerseys . 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MIAMI -- The Atlanta Braves keep tripping up postseason contenders.Adonis Garcia hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning, and the Braves beat the Miami Marlins 3-2 Friday night for their season-high seventh straight win.I keep saying it -- I feel our team is fighting for a playoff spot, Braves interim manager Brian Snitker said. You cant be more appreciative in the way they go out there and fight for each other.Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to 27 games with a sixth-inning double. Atlantas winning streak is its longest since it won nine in a row from June 27-July 5, 2014.Were a team that has to be reckoned with right now, Snitker said.Miami lost for the fifth time in eight games and is five games back of San Francisco for the second NL wild card.This is really typical of the way we have played, Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. We catch a little stretch where we win three in a row and you feel like you have a little bit of momentum and then you lose three in a row. I think thats really been the story of our season.With the score 2-2, Emilio Bonifacio singled with one out off A.J. Ramos, stole his first base this season, took third on catcher J.T. Realmutos throwing error and came home on Garcias single to center.Brandon Cuniff (2-0) struck out two of three batters in a hitless eighth, and Mauricio Cabrera threw a hitless ninth for his sixth save in seven chances with the Braves. Tyler Flowers threw out pinch-runner Yefri Perez trying to steal second for the second out, and left fielder Mallex Smith made a game-ending diving catch on Justin Bours liner.Flowers drove in two runs for Atlanta and Martin Prado also drove in two for Miami, which has dropped three straight. Jermaine Gresham Jersey. Braves left fielder Matt Kemp, who turned 32, was ejected in the third inning by plate umpire Adam Hamari. And Braves interim manager Brian Snitker also was tossed. Kemp and Snitker argued with Hamari after the top of the third following a strikeout by Kemp and a bases-loaded flyout by Nick Markakis.The manager getting ejected gives you so much motivation, Garcia said through a translator. That lifted everyones emotions and made the team play better.Prado, who entered the game hitting an NL-best .377 with runners in scoring position, struck out with Ichiro Suzuki stranded at second in the bottom of the eighth.Atlantas Matt Wisler allowed two runs, two hits and three walks in six innings.Even when we were getting beat early in the year we werent down, Wisler said. There was no animosity. We just kept grinding and started playing a lot better baseball and everybodys getting hot at the same time right now.Miamis Andrew Cashner gave up one run, three hits and three walks in six innings.Obviously you feel like youre going to put some runs on the board when you get a couple in the first, Mattingly said. 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