Name: Maria Michta-Coffey
Sport: Track and Field
Event(s): 20-kilometer Race Walk
Height: 5-5
Weight: 110
DOB: 6/23/1986
Birthplace: Stony Brook, N.Y.
Hometown: Nesconset, N.Y.
High School: Sachem High School (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) ‘04
College: Long Island University C.W. Post ’08, Biology (undergraduate); Mount Sinai School of Medicine ‘14, Biomedical Sciences, Microbiology
Team/Club: Walk USA
Coach(es): Tim Seaman
Olympic Experience
  • Two-time Olympian (2012, 2016)
  • Rio 2016 Olympic Games, 22nd
  • London 2012 Olympic Games, 29th
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2015 – 20th
  • Years of participation: Outdoor – 2011, 2013, 2015
  • Top finish: 20th – 2015
Other Career Highlights
  • 2015 Pan American Games, 7th (20K race walk)
Personal: Daughter of Susan and Richard Michta...Married her high school sweetheart, Joe Coffey, in 2014...Has a brother, Ricky, and two sisters, Kristie and Katie...Was inspired to pursue her Olympic dream while watching U.S. gymnast Kerri Strug stick her vault landing at the 1996 Olympic Games, and while she first thought that soccer was her calling, she began to excel in race walk in high school...Graduated from Long Island University C.W. Post as the valedictorian with a degree in biology, missing her commencement to compete at the 2008 World Cup...Hobbies include reading nonfiction books about viruses, microbes, vaccines and thriller fiction novels, running and swimming...Serves as a volunteer coach for the track and field team at Sachem East High School in New York.