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Joshua McAdams
Personal information
Nationality United States
Born (1980-03-26) March 26, 1980 (age 44)
Height175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight72.7 kg (160 lb)
Event3,000m Steeplechase
College teamBrigham Young University '06
ClubNew Balance
Medal record
Men’s Athletics
Representing the  United States
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 2007 Rio de Janeiro 3000 m st.
USA Outdoor Championships
Gold medal – first place 2009 3000 m st.
Bronze medal – third place 2008 3000 m st.
Gold medal – first place 2007 3000 m st.

Joshua McAdams (born March 26, 1980) is an American track and field athlete who competes in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.


McAdams attended Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School, where he was a four-time OHSAA state placer in track and cross country and a three time OHSAA state placer in wrestling. He initially attended Belmont University before leaving the school to complete a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Thailand. On returning to school, McAdams switched to Brigham Young University where he studied microbiology and molecular biology and was a non-scholarship athlete on the track team. He won the 3000 meter Steeplechase at the 2006 NCAA National Championships. [1] In 2012, McAdams graduated from the Southern College of Optometry and completed a rotation in neuro-optometry and ocular disease at the Miles Eye Center in Show Low, Arizona.[2]

Professional career

In June 2009 McAdams won the USA Outdoor Steeplechase to become National champion for a second time. McAdams represented USA in the World championships in Berlin, Germany in August 2009.

McAdams is also a 2007 USA Outdoor champion; 2007 Pan American Games champ; and 2006 NCAA Outdoor champion. He has placed 8th at 2005 USA Outdoors and 9th at 2005 NCAA Outdoors.

After a successful 2007, McAdams finished third in the 2008 Olympic Trials for 3,000 meter steeplechase. Following the win at the 2007 AT&T USA Outdoor Championships, he won the gold medal at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 8 minutes 30.49 seconds. Also that year, he improved his personal best time to 8:21.36, ending the 2007 campaign ranked #1 in the U.S. by Track & Field News.

McAdams won the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Championships 3,000m steeplechase title with his then personal best time of 8:34.10. With this victory, he was the first runner from BYU to win a distance National Champion since his coach, Ed Eyestone, who won the 5,000-meter title in 1985.

He qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics after coming in 3rd at 2008 Olympic Trials.


Personal life

McAdams is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[4] He served a two-year church mission in Bangkok, Thailand. He currently lives in Meridian, Idaho, with his wife, Whitney, and four kids.


  1. ^ "Runner's World Racing News". Archived from the original on 2008-10-06. Retrieved 2009-06-28.
  2. ^ "Miles Eye Center - Dr McAdams". Archived from the original on 2016-04-15. Retrieved 2018-07-23.
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  4. ^ "Mormon Times, August 25th, 2008". Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2008-08-25.