Natalie Coughlin

BIRTHDATE    August 23, 1982
HEIGHT    5' 8" (172.7 cm)
BIRTHDATE August 23, 1982
HEIGHT 5' 8" (172.7 cm)
Crow Canyon Country Club Sharks (CROW-CA)
David Durden
  • Three-time Olympian (2012, 2008, 2004)

  • Twelve Olympic Games medals (3g, 4s, 5b)

  • Twenty World Champs LCM medals (8g, 7s, 5b)

  • High School Carondelet HS '00

  • College University of California Berkeley '05

  • College Major Psychology

  • Parents James and Zennie ... father is a police officer, and mother is a Kaiser paralegal

  • Spouse Married Ethan Hall in 2009

  • Sibling(s) Younger sister (Megan) attended UC Davis and was a swimmer

  • Started Swimming Age 6

  • Sports Played Before Swimming Gymnastics, volleyball

  • Nickname(s) Nat

  • Pet(s) Two dogs: SheRa (Boston Terrier) and Dozer (American Bulldog) ... Five chickens: Tara, Sookie, Lafayette, Madame Croque and Chuck

  • Hobbies Outside the Pool Cooking; appeared with Al Roker on The Today Show to cook up a pork and persimmon risotto dish (Dec. 2002) ... also loves gardening and photography

  • Ultimate Way to Relax Enjoying good food and wine

  • Affiliated non-profits or Organizations David Andrew "Pooh" Maddan Foundation; Edible Schoolyard; Right To Play

  • More Wrote a book with Sports Illustrated...s Michael Silver entitled, "Golden Girl: How Natalie Coughlin Fought Back, Challenged Conventional Wisdom, and Became America's Olympic Champion"; it was released in April 2006 ... Was an Olympic analyst for MSNBC during the 2006 Winter Olympic Games ... Appeared on ABC's Dancing with the Stars in 2009

  • More Has an extensive dry land training program, which includes pilates and dance classes ... favorite place to be when she isn...t training or competing is in Kauai, Hawaii ... first job was working at the Snack Shack at her local pool ... when she was little, wanted to be Whitney Houston ... greatest obstacle she's overcome is a shoulder injury and "burnout"

  • Favorites U.S. city: San Francisco ... int'l destination: Sydney ... band: Counting Crows ... summer activity: surfing ... movie: Dogma

Career Highlights
  • Claimed the national title in the 50y and 100y free at the 2013 AT&T Winter Nationals
  • Won her women's record 20th career FINA World Championships medal with a gold medal in the 400m free relay in 2013
  • Qualified for the 2013 FINA World Championships with a win in the 50m free at Phillips 66 Nationals
  • The 50m national LCM title was the 16th of her career in six different events
  • Won bronze in the 400m free relay at the 2012 Olympic Games in London
  • Qualified for the 2012 Olympic team by finishing sixth in the 100m free
  • Collected a bronze medal in the 100m back at the 2011 FINA World Championships while helping the 4x100m medley relay set an American record and win gold; also picked up a silver in the 4x100m free relay and finished eighth in the 100m free
  • Won the 100m back, placed third in the 100m free, and helped the 4x100m free-relay and 4x100m med-relay to second place finishes at the 2010 FINA Short Course World Championships
  • Claimed the national title in the 100m back during the 2010 CP National Championships
  • First woman ever to win back-to-back Gold medals in the same event in consecutive Olympics, 100m back (2004/2008)
  • Became the third woman to win five medals in a single Olympics
  • She became the first woman to swim the 100m back in less than one minute
  • 2002 USA Swimming Swimmer of the Year
  • Three-time NCAA Swimming of the Year
  • Three-time National Sullivan Award Finalist (nation
  • s top amateur athlete)
  • First person since Tracy Caulkins (1978) to win five U.S. National titles at one meet (August 2002).
Olympics History
  • 2012: (P) Bronze 4x100 Fr-R
  • 2008: Gold, 100m BK; Silver, 400m FR-R (AR)/ 400m MR; Bronze, 200m IM/100m FR (AR)/ 800m FR-R (AR)
  • 2004: Gold, 100m BK/800m FR-R(WR); Silver, 400m FR-R(AR) & 400m MR; Bronze, 100m FR
Olympics History
  • Natalie Coughlin is tied with Jenny Thompson & Dara Torres as the All-Time U.S. Olympic Medal Winners (12)
World Champs History
  • 2013: Gold, 400m FR-R; 11th, 50m FR
  • 2011: Gold, 400m MR; Silver, 400m FR-R; Bronze, 100m BK; 8th, 100m FR
  • 2007: Gold, 100m BK(WR)/800m FR-R(WR); Silver, 400m FR-R(AR)/400m MR; Bronze, 100m FL(AR); 4th, 100m FR(AR); 8th, 50m FR
  • 2005: Gold, 800m FR-R; Silver, 100m FR(tie) & 400m MR; Bronze, 100m BK & 400m FR-R
  • 2003: Gold, 400m FR-R; Silver, 400m MR
  • 2001: Gold, 100m BK & 800m FR-R(AR); Silver, 400m MR; Bronze, 50m BK
Pan Pacs History
  • 2010: Gold, 100m FR & 400m FR-R & 400m MR; Bronze, 100m BK
  • 2006: Gold, 100m FR & all three relays; Silver, 50m FR & 100m BK
  • 2002: Gold, 100m FR(AR) & 100m BK & 100m FL; Gold, 800m FR-R; Silver, 400m FR-R & 400m MR
  • 1999: no medals
Pan Ams History
  • 2015: Silver 100 Fr, Bronze 50 Fr
SC Worlds History
  • 2010: Gold, 100m BK; Silver, 4x100m FR-R / 4x100m MR; Bronze, 100m FR
Olympic Trials History
  • 2016: 8th 100 Bk, 14th 100 Fr
  • 2012: 6th, 100m FR; 3rd, 100m BK; 7th, 100m FL
  • 2008: 1st, 100m BK; 2nd, 100m FR; 2nd, 200m IM
  • 2004: 1st, 100m BK; 2nd, 100m FR; 6th, 50m FR
  • 3x Olympian, 6x World Champ member USA (didn't qual for 15 wc, or swim 09 wc)

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