Who Is Desiree Linden? Boston Marathon Winner Is First American Woman Champ Since 1985

Desiree Linden ran through freezing rain and wind to win Monday's 122nd Boston Marathon. Linden clocked in with an unofficial 2:39:53 and made history as the first American woman to win since 1985.

"I don't have the right words," Linden said right after passing the finish line.

“I’m thrilled. I’m exhausted. I left it all out there. Now I’m ready to warm up,” Linden told WBZ-TV after she finished Monday's 26.2-mile course. “It hurts right now, but it’s a perfect day for me. This is a grinder’s day. That’s why I keep showing up here, and I think that’s why I have success here, is because I can kind of tough it out through anything."

The 34-year-old Chula Vista, California native is a five-time Boston Marathon competitor and two-time Olympian. Linden made her Boston debut at the 2011 marathon and finished as a runner-up by a mere two seconds.

“If you break the tape in Boston, not sure what else could top that,” Linden recently told Boston.com, describing how it would feel to win the coveted race. 

At the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Linden finished seventh in the women's marathon, kissing her U.S.A. singlet after crossing the finish line.Linden had to drop out of the 2012 London Olympics just a few miles into the race due to a stress fracture in her leg.

Linden was a former distance runner for Arizona State University and began training soon afterward with the Hansons-Brooks distance droject in southeast Michigan.