Name: Desiree Linden
Sport: Track and Field
Event(s): Marathon
Height: 5-1
Weight: 96
DOB: 7/26/1983
Birthplace: San Diego, Calif.
Hometown: Chula Vista, Calif.
High School: Hilltop High School (Chula Vista, Calif.) ‘01
College: Arizona State University ’05, Psychology
Team/Club: Hansons-Brooks Distance Project
Coach(es): Kevin Hanson
Olympic Experience
  • Two-time Olympian (2012, 2016)
  • Rio 2016 Olympic Games, 7th
  • London 2012 Olympic Games, DNF (marathon)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2010 – 9th (3,000m)
  • Years of participation: Outdoor – 2009 (marathon); Indoor – 2010 (3,000m)
  • Top finish: 9th (3,000m) – 2010
Other Career Highlights
  • 2015 Pan American Games, silver (10,000m)
  • 2011 Boston Marathon, 2nd
Personal: Daughter of Dennis and Nancy Davila...Has one sister, Natalie...Married to Ryan Linden...Interests include reading, writing, relaxing and drinking a good cup of coffee...Former college teammate of Amy Cragg, who also qualified to represent Team USA at the 2016 Olympic Games...Broke the 5-minute mile barrier as a high school freshman.