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Winner of six Olympic Gold Medals: Natalie Coughlin

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27 years old Natalie Anne Coughlin was born in Vallejo, California, on August 23, 1982. Coughlin is basically from Concord, California but lives in Lafayette, California. Natalie is a daughter of Irish and one quarter Filipino descent.

Natalie passed her schooling from “St. Catherine of Siena School”, Vallejo, California from K-8. Afterwards she joined Carondelet High School in Contra Costa County. When she was only 10 month old, she started swimming at the local YMCA.

At the age of 15, Natalie became the first swimmer to qualify for the Summer National in all 14 events. Natalie’s swimming styles are Backstroke and freestyle. She is best known for her supremacy in a short course pool and for her underwater kicking power.

Before participating in the 2004 Olympics, she was a stu dent-athlete at Carondelet High School in Concord, California and at University of California, Berkeley, where she got the degree of BA in psychology in 2005.

Within first three years at Cal, Natalie had won twelve “National Collegiate Athletic Association Swimmer of the Year” honours. During the 2006 Winter Olympics, Natalie also worked as an in-studio host for MSNBC in Turin, Italy.

In 2004 Olympics, she won the gold in 100m backstroke event. She won a gold medal in 4x200m freestyle relay setting a world record and also won silver in 4×100 m freestyle relay.

In 2008 Beijing Olympics, she became the first American female athlete to win six medals in a single Olympics. She won the gold medal in the 100m backstroke. She had lost her world record to Kirsty Coventry winning silver medal.

She also won a silver medal in the 4×100m freestyle relay, and bronze medal in the 200 m individual medley, 4x200 m freestyle relay, and the 100 m freestyle. She won a silver medal in her final race in the 4x100 medley relay swimming.

She married Crow Canyon Sharks swim coach, Ethan Hall in April 2009. Besides swimming Natalie loved cooking. That’s why Natalie was invited to “Today Show”, during the Beijing Olympics, to prepare an Asian-themed dish.

By FW Editor

Tags: california, swimmer, awards

Category: Celebrities  - ( Celebrities Archive)

Date Added: 12 April '10

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