Age: 36 (June 20, 1977)
College: University of Alabama ‘99
Hometown: East Peoria, Ill.
Residence: Ann Arbor, Mich.
Coach: Ron Warhurst
Events: 3000m (7:39.23 PB indoors, 2002)
5000m (13:11.77, 2005)
3000m SC (8:14.82, 2001)
- 3-time US Champion, 5000m (2003, 2004, 2005)
- 11th, 2004 Olympic Games, 5000m
- 2005 World Championships team
- 3-time US Cross Country Champion, 4K (2001, 2002, 2005)
- 2004 US 5K Champion (13:36)
- 2-time USA Indoor Champion 3000m, 2001 and 2002
- 2000 NCAA Steeplechase Champion
Tim Broe is a straightforward guy, the type who likes to hunt, fish and speak his mind. But when it comes to running, the 30-year-old, nine-time national champion has taken some surprising turns. The East Peoria, Ill., native hadn’t even planned to go to college until the University of Alabama offered him a full ride. Then, having no plans to run after graduation, he drifted into the 2000 Olympic Trials with no expectations only to miss the US steeple team for Sydney by just 0.09 seconds. Seeing that race as a “huge wake-up call,” Tim quickly earned the distinction of completing a remarkable “triple” in 2001, competing in the World Indoor Championships, World Cross Country Championships and World Outdoor Championships in the same year. He followed that up in 2002 with an American Record at 3000 meters indoors.
Ridiculously tough, Tim won the biggest race of his life in 2004 when he came back a broken foot and broken back (he won his 5000m in 2003 while competing with both) to earn a trip to Athens. He made the final in his Olympic debut.