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Natalie Coughlin        

American Swimmer, 2004 and the 2008 Olympics

Natalie Coughlin is a 12-time Olympic medalist for USA Swimming (3 Gold, 4 Silver, and 5 Bronze). She is also an avid home cook, urban farmer, amateur photographer, sports fan, food lover & Dancing with the Stars Alum.

While attending the University of California, Berkeley, she became the first woman ever to swim the 100-meter backstroke (long course) in less than one minute—ten days before her 20th birthday in 2002.

At the 2008 Summer Olympics, she became the first U.S. female athlete in modern Olympic history to win six medals in one Olympiad, and the first woman ever to win a 100-meter backstroke gold in two consecutive Olympics.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she earned a bronze medal in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay. Her total of twelve Olympic medals ties her with Jenny Thompson and Dara Torres for the most all-time medals by a female swimmer.

Coughlin's success has earned her the World Swimmer of the Year Award once and American Swimmer of the Year Award three times. She has won a total of sixty medals in major international competition, twenty-five gold, twenty-two silver, and thirteen bronze spanning the Olympics, the World, the Pan Pacific Championships, and the Pan American Games.

The swimmer worked as an in-studio host for MSNBC during the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. As well she has appeared on Chopped and Dancing with the Stars.

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