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Natalie Coughlin
Natalie Coughlin.png
Personal information
Full name Natalie Anne Coughlin
Nationality  United States
Stroke(s) Backstroke, freestyle
College team California
Date of birth August 23, 1982 (1982-08-23) (age 27)
Place of birth Vallejo, California,
United States[1]
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)

Natalie Anne Coughlin (born August 23, 1982) is an American swimmer who has represented the United States at the 2004 and the 2008 Olympics. At the 2008 Olympics, she became the first American female athlete in modern Olympic history[5] to win six medals in one Olympics and the first woman ever to win a 100 m backstroke gold in two consecutive Olympics. She is known for her dominance in a short course pool and for her underwater kicking ability. She held World, American, and US Open records in various events and has eleven Olympic medals.[5]

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Biography

Coughlin was born in Vallejo, California. She went to school at St. Catherine of Siena School (Vallejo, California) from K-8 then Carondelet High School in Contra Costa county afterwards. Coughlin lives in Lafayette, California, was originally from Concord, California and is of Irish and one quarter Filipino[6] heritage. Natalie Coughlin first began swimming at the local YMCA when she was only 10 months old. In 1998, at age 15, she became the first swimmer to qualify for the Summer National in all 14 events.[7]

Prior to the 2004 Olympics, she was a student-athlete at Carondelet High School in Concord, California, University of California, Berkeley, where she earned a BA in psychology in 2005. She had won twelve National Collegiate Athletic Association Swimmer of the Year honors in her first three years at Cal.

Coughlin worked as an in-studio host for MSNBC during the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.

In April 2009, she married Crow Canyon Sharks swim coach, Ethan Hall.[8] One of Coughlin's favorite hobbies is cooking. During the Beijing Olympics, she was invited to prepare an Asian-themed dish on the Today show. She also appeared as a judge on Iron Chef America.[9]

It was announced on August 17, 2009 that she would compete in season 9 of Dancing with the Stars with season 1 professional champion, Alec Mazo.[10][11] She was eliminated on the fifth episode.

2004 Athens Summer Olympic Games

Coughlin won the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in the women's 100 m backstroke event and was a member of the silver medal women's 4×100 m freestyle relay with Kara Lynn Joyce, Amanda Weir, and Jenny Thompson. She also broke a world record and won gold as a member of the 4×200 m freestyle relay and obtained a silver in the 4x100m medley relay and a bronze in the 100 m freestyle.[12] Her lead-off split on the 4×200 m relay would have won gold in the individual 200 m freestyle event.

2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games

In her second Olympics appearance, at Beijing in 2008, she became the first American female athlete[5] to win six medals in one Olympics. She was elected joint captain of the US women's swimming team together with five-time Olympian Dara Torres and four-time Olympian Amanda Beard.[13] Coughlin won the gold medal in the 100 m backstroke at those Games, becoming the first woman to retain the gold medal position in that event. She had lost her world record to Kirsty Coventry, the eventual winner of the silver medal, in the semi-final. When receiving her medal, her lip was still bleeding where she had bitten it during the race to distract her from the pain in her legs.[14] She won a silver medal in the 4×100 m freestyle relay, swimming with Lacey Nymeyer, Kara Lynn Joyce and Dara Torres, and also won bronze medals 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 with Rebecca Soni, Christine Magnuson, and Dara Torres.

Records

Coughlin has set several world records in swimming and was the first woman to go under 59 seconds in the long course 100 m backstroke, although she is not presently the holder of that record. She currently holds numerous United States records in swimming in both long course and short course pools and in both meter and yard variants, including 100 Free and 100 Back (LCM), 50 & 100 Back (SCM), and 100 Free, 100 & 200 Back, and 100 Fly (SCY).

See also

References

  1. ^ "USA Swimming athlete bios: Natalie Coughlin". http://usaswimming.org/usasweb/DesktopModules/BioViewManaged.aspx?personid=251724d8-26e8-4b79-ac77-1f4a9d349bae&TabId=388&Mid=597.  
  2. ^ "2004 Olympic Games swimming results". http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/olympics/2004/schedules/117BySport.html. Retrieved 2007-07-22.  
  3. ^ "12th FINA World Championships". http://www.fina.org/events/WC/Melbourne_2007/results/swimming.php. Retrieved 2007-06-09.  
  4. ^ "Montreal 2005 Results". http://www.fina.org/events/WC/Montreal_2005/results/sw.php. Retrieved 2007-06-09.  
  5. ^ a b c "The six medals she won are the most by an American woman in any sport, breaking the record she tied four years ago. Her career total matches the third-most by any U.S. athlete." Jaime Aron (2008-08-17). "Coughlin's 6 medals most by a US woman". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. http://stats.cbc.ca/olympics/story.asp?i=20080817063823933328708&%20ref=rec&tm=&src=OLYMPICS_DOLY_SWM.  
  6. ^ "Natalie Coughlin: Like Fish to Olympic Waters". http://www.asianjournal.com/?c=124&a=29393. Retrieved 2008-07-08.  
  7. ^ "Natalie Coughlin Wins the Gold!". AsianWeek. Retrieved on 2008-08-20.
  8. ^ "Did Paps Crash Natalie Coughlin’s Wedding?". http://www.theswimaids.com/2009/04/29/did-paps-crash-natalie-coughlins-wedding/.  
  9. ^ Crooks, Peter. " Gold Medal Gourmet" Diablo Magazine, Nov 2008.
  10. ^ "Dancing With The Stars Season 9 Cast". http://pophangover.com/?p=4341.  
  11. ^ Joyce Eng (17 August 2009). "Dancing with the Stars 2009 Season 9 Cast Revealed!". TVGuide.com. http://www.tvguide.com/Dancing-Stars/Dancing-Stars-2009-1009007.aspx. Retrieved 2009-08-17.  
  12. ^ "Natalie Coughlin Profile & Bio". NBC Olympics. Retrieved on 2009-09-23.
  13. ^ "U.S. swim teams name captains for Beijing". http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/olympics_blog/2008/07/us-swim-teams-n.html.  
  14. ^ "Why The Water Cube Is So Fast". http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/why_the_water_cube_is_so_fast.html. Retrieved 2008-08-12.  

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Records
Preceded by
People's Republic of China He Cihong
Women's 100 meter backstroke
world record holder (long course)

August 13, 2002 – June 30, 2008
Succeeded by
United States Hayley McGregory
Preceded by
United States Hayley McGregory
Women's 100 meter backstroke
world record holder (long course)

June 30, 2008 – August 11, 2008
Succeeded by
Zimbabwe Kirsty Coventry
Preceded by
Slovakia Martina Moravcová
Women's 100 meter butterfly
world record holder (short course)

November 22, 2002 – August 28, 2006
Succeeded by
Australia Libby Trickett
Preceded by
United States Jenny Thompson
Women's 100 meter individual medley
world record holder (short course)

November 23, 2002 – August 10, 2009
Succeeded by
Australia Emily Seebohm
Awards
Preceded by
Netherlands Inge de Bruijn
World Swimmer of the Year
2002
Succeeded by
Germany Hannah Stockbauer
Preceded by
United States Brooke Bennett
Swimming World American Swimmer of the Year
2001 – 2002
Succeeded by
United States Amanda Beard
Preceded by
United States Katie Hoff
Swimming World American Swimmer of the Year
2008
Succeeded by
shared between
United States Ariana Kukors &
United States Rebecca Soni

Natalie Coughlin
File:Natalie
Personal information
Full name Natalie Anne Coughlin
Nickname(s) Nat
Nationality American
Stroke(s) Backstroke, butterfly, freestyle, medley
Club California Aquatics (CAL-CA)
College team Cal
Date of birth August 23, 1982 (1982-08-23) (age 28)
Place of birth Vallejo, California
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)

Natalie Anne Coughlin (born August 23, 1982) is an American swimmer known for winning 11 Olympic medals.

At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Coughlin became the first American female athlete in modern Olympic history to win six medals in one Olympics and the first woman ever to win a 100 m backstroke gold in two consecutive Olympics.[1]

Coughlin's success have earned her the World Swimmer of the Year Award one time and American Swimmer of the Year Award three times. She has won a total of forty-two medals in major international competition, nineteen gold, fourteen silver, and nine bronze spanning the Olympics, the World, and the Pan Pacific Championships.

Contents

Biography

Coughlin was born in Vallejo, California. Coughlin went to school at St. Catherine of Siena School (Vallejo, California) from K-8 then Carondelet High School in Contra Costa county afterwards. Coughlin lives in Lafayette, California, was originally from Concord, California and is of Irish and one quarter Filipino[2] heritage. Natalie Coughlin first began swimming at the local YMCA when she was only 10 months old. In 1998, at age 15, she became the first swimmer to qualify for the Summer National in all 14 events.[3]

Prior to the 2004 Olympics, Coughlin was a student-athlete at Carondelet High School in Concord, California, University of California, Berkeley, where she earned a BA in psychology in 2005. Coughlin had won twelve National Collegiate Athletic Association Swimmer of the Year honors in her first three years at Cal.

Coughlin worked as an in-studio host for MSNBC during the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.

In April 2009, Coughlin married Crow Canyon Sharks swim coach, Ethan Hall.[4] One of Coughlin's favorite hobbies is cooking. During the Beijing Olympics, she was invited to prepare a Chinese-themed dish on the Today show. She has appeared as a judge on Iron Chef America.[5]

Coughlin competed in season 9 of Dancing with the Stars with season 1 professional champion, Alec Mazo.[6][7] She was eliminated on the fifth episode.

Swimming Career

High School

Natalie Coughlin swam for the school: Carondolet, and all girl's school. While in high school, Coughlin broke two individual National High School Records in the 200 yard IM (1:58.45) and the 100 yard backstroke (52.86)

2001-2003

2004 Athens Summer Olympic Games

Coughlin won the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in the women's 100 m backstroke event and was a member of the silver medal women's 4×100 m freestyle relay with Kara Lynn Joyce, Amanda Weir, and Jenny Thompson. She also broke a world record and won gold as a member of the 4×200 m freestyle relay and obtained a silver in the 4x100 m medley relay and a bronze in the 100 m freestyle.[8] Her lead-off split on the 4×200 m relay would have won gold in the individual 200 m freestyle event.

2005-2006

2007 World Aquatics Championships

At the 2007 World Aquatics Championships, Coughlin won five medals, two gold, two silver, and one bronze. In her first event, the 4×100 m freestyle relay, Coughlin won a silver medal along with Lacey Nymeyer, Amanda Weir, and Kara Lynn Joyce.[9] The following day, in the 100 m butterfly, she placed third in the final with a time of 57.34, an American record.[10] In the 100 m backstroke final, held the following day, she broke her own world record set in 2002 with a time of 59.44.[11][12] After a day of rest, Coughlin was back in the pool to swim the lead-off leg in the 4×200 m freestyle relay. Swimming in lane eight, Coughlin set the American record with a time of 1:56.43, to break Katie Hoff's one-day-old record of 1:57.09.[13] Dana Vollmer, Lacey Nymeyer, and Katie Hoff each extended the lead and the final time of 7:50.09 was a world record.[14] The following day, Coughlin finished in 4th place in the 100 m freestyle despite setting the championship record in the semifinals.[15] In her last event, the 4×100 m medley relay, Coughlin won a silver medal along with Tara Kirk, Rachel Komisarz, and Lacey Nymeyer.[16]

2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games

In Coughlin's second Olympics appearance, at Beijing in 2008, she became the first American female athlete[17] to win six medals in one Olympics. She was elected joint captain of the US women's swimming team together with five-time Olympian Dara Torres and four-time Olympian Amanda Beard.[18] Coughlin won the gold medal in the 100 m backstroke at those Games, becoming the first woman to retain the gold medal position in that event. She had lost her world record to Kirsty Coventry, the eventual winner of the silver medal, in the semi-final. When receiving her medal, her lip was still bleeding where she had bitten it during the race to distract her from the pain in her legs.[19] She won a silver medal in the 4×100 m freestyle relay, swimming with Lacey Nymeyer, Kara Lynn Joyce and Dara Torres, and also won bronze medals 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 with Rebecca Soni, Christine Magnuson, and Dara Torres.

2010 US Summer Nationals

After taking an 18-month break off of swimming, Coughlin returned to the pool at the 2010 Conoco Phillips Summer Nationals for swimming. Coughlin qualified for Pan Pacs in the 100 Backstroke. (1:00.14). [20]

Before racing at the Pan Pacs, Coughlin, along with Amanda Beard, was elected co-captain of Team USA once again. Although she qualified for only one event, Coughlin signed up for the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke. In the finals of the 100 freestyle, Natalie Coughlin won the gold, making a new Pan Pacific Record. (53.67). In the finals of the 100 Backstroke, Coughlin finished third (59.70) behind Australia's Emily Seebohm(Gold) and Japan's Aya Terakawa(Silver) Coughlin won two more golds when starting off both the 4x100 Freestyle Relay and the 4x100 Medley Relay. [21]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Coughlin's 6 medals most by a US woman". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. (The Associated Press). 2008-08-17. Archived from the original on 2010-09-07. http://www.webcitation.org/5sZtDOHIR. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
  2. ^ "Natalie Coughlin: Like Fish to Olympic Waters". http://www.asianjournal.com/?c=124&a=29393. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  3. ^ "Natalie Coughlin Wins the Gold!". AsianWeek. Retrieved on 2008-08-20.
  4. ^ "Did Paps Crash Natalie Coughlin’s Wedding?". http://www.theswimaids.com/2009/04/29/did-paps-crash-natalie-coughlins-wedding/. 
  5. ^ Crooks, Peter. " Gold Medal Gourmet" Diablo Magazine, Nov 2008.
  6. ^ "Dancing With The Stars Season 9 Cast". http://pophangover.com/?p=4341. 
  7. ^ Joyce Eng (17 August 2009). "Dancing with the Stars 2009 Season 9 Cast Revealed!". TVGuide.com. http://www.tvguide.com/Dancing-Stars/Dancing-Stars-2009-1009007.aspx. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  8. ^ "Natalie Coughlin Profile & Bio". NBC Olympics. Retrieved on 2009-09-23.
  9. ^ "12th FINA World Championships: 4×100 m freestyle relay final". Omega Timing. http://www.omegatiming.com/swimming/racearchives/2007/melbourne2007/F73_ResByHeat_107_Finals_Women_4x100_Free.pdf. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
  10. ^ "12th FINA World Championships: 100 m butterfly final". Omega Timing. http://www.omegatiming.com/swimming/racearchives/2007/melbourne2007/F73_ResByHeat_101_Finals_Women_100_Fly.pdf. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
  11. ^ "12th FINA World Championships: 100 m backstroke final". Omega Timing. http://www.omegatiming.com/swimming/racearchives/2007/melbourne2007/F73_ResByHeat_109_Finals_Women_100_Back.pdf. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
  12. ^ "World Championships: Keeping the String Going, Natalie Coughlin Breaks World Record in 100 Backstroke". Swimming World Magazine. 2007-03-27. Archived from the original on 2010-09-07. http://www.webcitation.org/5sa2BZ1rO. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
  13. ^ "World Championships: United States Takes Down World Record in 800 Free Relay; Natalie Coughlin Sets American Record in 200 Freestyle". Swimming World Magazine. 2007-03-29. Archived from the original on 2010-09-07. http://www.webcitation.org/5sa37AjDK. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
  14. ^ "12th FINA World Championships: 4×200 m freestyle relay final". Omega Timing. http://www.omegatiming.com/swimming/racearchives/2007/melbourne2007/F73_ResByHeat_126_Finals_Women_4x200_Free.pdf. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
  15. ^ "12th FINA World Championships: 100 m freestyle final". Omega Timing. http://www.omegatiming.com/swimming/racearchives/2007/melbourne2007/F73_ResByHeat_122_Finals_Women_100_Free.pdf. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
  16. ^ "12th FINA World Championships: 4×100 m medley relay final". Omega Timing. http://www.omegatiming.com/swimming/racearchives/2007/melbourne2007/F73_ResByHeat_137_Finals_Women_4x100_Medley.pdf. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
  17. ^ "The six medals she won are the most by an American woman in any sport, breaking the record she tied four years ago. Her career total matches the third-most by any U.S. athlete." Jaime Aron (2008-08-17). "Coughlin's 6 medals most by a US woman". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. http://stats.cbc.ca/olympics/story.asp?i=20080817063823933328708&%20ref=rec&tm=&src=OLYMPICS_DOLY_SWM. 
  18. ^ "U.S. swim teams name captains for Beijing". Los Angeles Times. July 30, 2008. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/olympics_blog/2008/07/us-swim-teams-n.html. Retrieved May 19, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Why The Water Cube Is So Fast". http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/why_the_water_cube_is_so_fast.html. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  20. ^ http://www.star-meets.org/results/Nats/2010/
  21. ^ http://www.star-meets.org/results/PanPacs/2010/

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Records
Preceded by
File:Flag of the People' He Cihong
Women's 100 meter backstroke
world record holder (long course)

August 13, 2002 – June 30, 2008
Succeeded by
Hayley McGregory
Preceded by
Martina Moravcová
Women's 100 meter butterfly
world record holder (short course)

November 22, 2002 – August 28, 2006
Succeeded by
Libby Trickett
Preceded by
Jenny Thompson
Women's 100 meter individual medley
world record holder (short course)

November 23, 2002 – August 10, 2009
Succeeded by
Emily Seebohm
Preceded by
Hayley McGregory
Women's 100 meter backstroke
world record holder (long course)

June 30, 2008 – August 11, 2008
Succeeded by
Kirsty Coventry
Awards
Preceded by
Inge de Bruijn
World Swimmer of the Year
2002
Succeeded by
Hannah Stockbauer
Preceded by
Brooke Bennett
American Swimmer of the Year
2001 – 2002
Succeeded by
Amanda Beard
Preceded by
Katie Hoff
American Swimmer of the Year
2008
Succeeded by
shared between
Ariana Kukors &
Rebecca Soni







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