Natalie Coughlin is a female swimmer who has compiled 11 Olympic medals during her career. Natalie also was a contestant on Season 9 of Dancing with the Stars.
Natalie first started competing at the young age of six.
Natalie owns a boxer named Jake.
Natalie plans to swim at the 2008 summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
Despite all of her swimming activities, including training for the Olympics, Natalie maintained a GPA better than 3.0.
Natalie majored in psychology.
Natalie first entered the water when she was ten months old.
Natalie graduated from Carondelet High School in Concord, California.
Natalie was named NCAA Swimmer of the Year in 2001, 2002, and 2003.
At the Olympic Games in 2004, Natalie earned two golds in the 100m backstroke, setting an Olympic record, and in the 800m freestyle, setting a world record. She also won a silver in the 400 meter free, earning her an American record, and a bronze in the 100m free.
At the World Championships in 2001, Natalie earned two golds in the 100m back and the 800m free, silver in the 400m medley relay, and a bronze in the 50m back.
At the World Championships in 2003, Natalie earned a gold in the 400m free and a silver in the 400m medley relay.
At the Pan Pac Championships in 2002, Natalie earned four golds in the 100m free, 100m back, 100m fly, and the 800m free. She also earned silver in the 400m free and the 200m medley relay.
Natalie earned two ESPY award nominations for Best Female Collegiate Athlete and Best Record-Breaking Performance.
At the 2004 summer Olympics, Natalie became the third American woman to win five medals in a single Olympics.
Natalie won 2 gold, 2 silver, and 1 bronze medal at the 2004 summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.
Natalie became the first woman in history to swim a LC 100m backstroke in under one minute with a record setting :59.58.
By her junior year in college, Natalie had won every national honor available in American swimming.
Natalie attended the University of California at Berkeley.
Natalie suffered from a shoulder injury in 1999.
Natalie is 5'8".
Natalie: (About her very first meet) I remember, I think it was my first meet, I entered the 25 fly. I couldn't even get my arms out of the water, and I got DQ'ed. I don't know what evil official would DQ a 6-year-old, but it was a little discouraging.
Natalie: I spent a lot of time in New York in the past week. It was very surprising to be recognized in restaurants and on the street. People pointing at me on the street is very weird. The flight attendants felt the need to announce that I was on board. At the baggage area, there were 100 people staring at me. Getting my bags took forever!
Natalie: The pressure is hard and some times it is not fair. No matter what I do, I can't meet everybody's expectations. And the celebrity — it can be a pain. But there is the other side to all this attention, too. I guess it means I must be doing something right.
Natalie: I just don't get it. Some of these kids are still in junior high and they already know where they want to go to school — even what they want to do in life. Me, when I was growing up, I wanted to be a doctor. But I grew out of that. No, even now, I really don't know what I want to do.
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