Desiree at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials
|Born||July 26, 1983|
|Height||1.55 m (5 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||44 kg (97 lb)|
Desiree Linden was born in Chula Vista, California. She graduated from Hilltop High School in 2001. At the CIF California State Meet she was a finalist all four years. In both 1998 and 1999 she was 8th in the 1600, 1999 saw her also attempt to double in the 800 meters, finishing last after being depleted from the 1600. In 2000, she improved that to 5th. Her best finish was 4th in 2001 in the 3200. In all but the 800, she was beaten by Sara Bei.
She now trains with the Hanson-Brooks Team in Michigan.
In the Road Running World Championships 2006 in Debrecen she finished in 43rd place.
Her first appearance in a marathon was at the Boston Marathon in 2007, where she placed 19th in 2:44:56.
At the U.S. Olympic Trials in Boston in 2008, she finished 13th in 2:37:50.
At the Chicago Marathon in 2008, Linden finished 5th in 2:31:33.
In 2009, she finished in 11th place at the IAAF World Championship in the marathon and set a 3 minute personal record. Her time of 2:27:53 was the fastest American woman.
In 2010, she finished in 4th place at the Chicago Marathon and set a 1 minute personal record. Her time of 2:26:20 was the fastest American woman.
In 2011, she finished in 2nd place at the Boston Marathon and set a 4 minute personal record. Her time of 2:22:38 is the fastest time ever run by an American woman in the Boston Marathon.
She is represented by agent Josh Cox and is sponsored by Garmin, Powerbar, and Oakley.
She finished second in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials January 14, 2012 in Houston, TX with a time of 2:25:55. which qualified her to run the women's marathon at the 2012 London Summer Olympics on August 5, 2012, but did not finish.
Her Olympic failure was attributed to a stress fracture of the femur. 2013 marked her return to competition, finishing second at the USATF Half Marathon Championships. At the 2013 Berlin Marathon, Davilla finished fifth, winning her age group, in 2:29:15. For this accomplishment, she was selected the USATF Athlete of the Week.
|5,000 m||15:08.64||London||6 August 2011|
|10,000 m||31.37.14||Eugene, OR||23 June 2011|
||1:10:34||Naples, FL||16 January 2011|
||2:22:38||Boston, MA||18 April 2011|
- Arizona State Official Athletic Site: Player Bio: Desiree Davila
- 2008 U. S. Olympic Team Trials – Women’s Marathon: Athlete Bios: Desiree Davila
- AP (January 14, 2012). "Keflezighi, Flanagan run to victory at U.S. Olympic marathon trials". CNN.com. Retrieved January 14, 2012.
- NBC broadcast coverage of the 2012 London Summer Olympics