Olympic medalist Natalie Couglin drops by

October 7, 2008 5:49:18 PM PDT
Bay Area native and swimmer Natalie Coughlin came out of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2004 Athens Olympics as the most decorated female athlete. She has 11 Olympic medals, including 3 gold, and she stopped by The View from the Bay for a visit.

Olympic swimming gold Medalist & Two Time Olympian Natalie Coughlin is a Bay Area native and currently resides in the East Bay. She attended University of California, Berkeley and her passions include surfing, cooking, health & fitness and photography

Career Highlights:

2008 Beijing Olympic Gold Medalist (100m Backstroke), Silver Medalist (Medley Relay and 4x100m Freestyle Relay), Bronze Medalist (100m Freestyle and 200m Individual Medley and 4x200m Freestyle Relay)

2004 Athens Olympic Gold Medalist, (100m Backstroke and 4x200m Freestyle Relay), Silver Medalist, (4x100m Freestyle Relay and 4x100m Medley Relay), Bronze Medalist (100m Freestyle)

Five time medalist at the 2007 World Championships (Gold - 100m Backstroke, Gold - 4x200m Freestyle Relay, Silver - 4x100m Freestyle Relay, Silver - 4x100m Medley Relay, Bronze - 100m Butterfly)

Five time medalist at the 2005 World Championships

Six time medalist at the 2002 Pan-Pacific Championships

Awards & Nominations:

2008 Nominated for Women's Sports Foundation's Female Athlete of the Year
2005 ESPY award nominee for "Best Olympic Performance" and "Best Performance by a Female Athlete"
2003 Women's Sports Foundation "Individual Sportswoman of the Year"
2001, 2002 and 2003 NCAA "Swimmer of the Year"
2003 ESPY award nominee for "Best Female Collegiate Athlete" and "Best Record-Breaking Performance"
2002 "Female World Swimmer of the Year," Swimming World magazine
2002 ConocoPhillips Performance of the Year Award
AAU James E Sullivan Memorial Award, three time finalist, this award recognizes the top amateur athlete in the nation

Medal Count:

Natalie left the 2008 Beijing Olympics & the 2004 Athens Olympics as the most decorated female athlete. She's won a medal in every single Olympic event she's ever entered. Natalie has earned a total of 11 Olympic medals in two Olympics, the second highest in American Swimming History to the 12 medals won by Jenny Thompson achieved in four Olympics. At the 2007 World Championships, Natalie finished as the world's most decorated female swimmer in World Championship history.

Olympic History:

Natalie became the first woman in Olympic history to successfully win back-to-back Gold Medals in the 100m Backstroke. With plans to compete in the London 2012 Olympics, Natalie would have the opportunity to become the most decorated American female swimmer of all time

Health & The Environment:

Natalie's affinity for health and nutrition go hand-in-hand with her natural lifestyle and green mentality. Natalie is an avid surfer with a deep passion for the environment. She embraces the use of renewable resources and local organic produce.


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