LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) -

A history-making Olympian visited La Crosse Thursday morning to teach kids the value of pushing yourself.

Olympic Medalist Emma Coburn visited State Road Elementary this morning to talk about setting goals and challenging yourself.

Coburn won bronze in the women's three-thousand meter steeplechase while at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games this summer.

She told the students about her journey to becoming an Olympian and how hard work and determination got her to Rio.

"When you are that young it's easy to get discouraged and it's easy to kind of try something new and have it be a challenge and maybe want to give up, and I think that the best thing about being a kid is that you have the opportunity to try so many different things and really have fun while you're doing all of it," says Coburn.

Students were able to ask questions and get a first-hand look at Coburn's running spikes, jersey, and medal from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.