33 (October 22, 1980)
College: University of Arkansas ’02 and ‘04
Hometown: Little Rock, AR
Residence: Little Rock, AR
Coach: John McDonnell
Event: Steeplechase (8:08.82 PB) American Record
- American Record-holder, 3000m Steeplechase (2006)
- 11th, 2004 Olympics
- 3-time U.S. 3000m Steeplechase Champion (2004, 2005, 2006)
- Ranked #1 in U.S. (2004, 2005, 2006); #8 in World (2006)
- Finalist, 2005 World Championships
- 3-time NCAA Steeplechase Champion (2001, 2002, 2003)
- NCAA 10,000m Champion (2003)
- 12-time NCAA All-American
Daniel Lincoln didn’t set foot on a track until his senior year of high school, so when it came time for college it was a good thing he had an academic scholarship. Also a good thing: the scholarship was to the University of Arkansas, which has one of the best track-and-field programs in the country. So Daniel asked legendary coach John McDonnell if he could join the team as a walk-on. Four NCAA titles later, the coach is undoubtedly glad he said yes.
After completing his undergraduate (2002) and masters (2004) degrees in biochemistry in Fayetteville, Daniel has just finished his second year of medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, studying to become an orthopedic surgeon. He shrugs off the demands of training while in med school – “It’s just the same as college; well, maybe the studying is a little more intense” – and has worked out his academic schedule so he will have August off in 2008, with the goal of filling in his calendar by making the Olympic team. Daniel plans to compete at least through the national championships in 2009, when his medical residency is scheduled to start.