Meet Natalie Coughlin, an Olympic and World Champion swimmer. See photos, video and a biography of Natalie below.
Natalie Coughlin is well on her way to the Beijing Olympics this summer and she is starting off the new year by competing Friday at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre in Australia. She will be competing in the 50m and 100m freestyle events.
As a biography (check out more info on her website), Natalie was born on August 23, 1982 in Vallejo, California. She is 25 years old. She is of Filipino and Irish descent.
Natalie attended Carondelet High School in Concord, California. Upon graduation, she attended Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California and University of California Berkeley, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2005. During her first three years at UC Berkeley, she won the NCAA Swimmer of the Year award consecutively. She set 5 NCAA and American records while at UC Berkeley.
Natalie made her mark at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, having won a gold medal in the 100 m backstroke, gold in the 4×200 freestyle relay, two silvers in the 4×100 m freestyle and medley relays, and a bronze in the 100 m freestyle. She is the second American woman to win 5 medals in a single Olympics. Dara Torres was the first.
In March 2007, Natalie bested her own world record in the 100m backstroke at the World Championships in Melbourne, with a time of 59.44.
You can see tons of pictures of Natalie Coughlin here.
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