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Amanda Beard

Full name: Amanda Ray Beard (-Brown)
Gender: Female
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
Weight: 130 lbs (59 kg)
Born: October 29, 1981 in Newport Beach, California, United States
Affiliations: Irvine Novaquatics/Tuscan Ford
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 2 Gold, 4 Silver, 1 Bronze (7 Total)

Biography

While still a high school student, Amanda Beard won two Olympic silver medals in the individual breaststroke events, behind Penny Heyns. At the podium in Atlanta, the 14-year-old was seen holding her teddy bear. Although she also won a relay gold medal at those Olympics, it took her some time before she would win an international title individually. In 2002, she won the breaststroke events at the Pan Pacific meet, and in 2003 she became World Champion in the 200 m in Barcelona, winning silver in the 100 m and the medley relay. She emulated this performance in Athens, winning the 200 m gold after a very good last lane by just 0.23 over Leisel Jones. After these victories, Beard started modelling, appearing in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition and Playboy, among others. Beard's 2008 Olympic performance was marked by her anti-fur protest, posing nude in a campaign for animal rights organisation PETA.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1996 Summer 14 Atlanta Swimming Women's 100 metres Breaststroke United States USA 2 Silver
1996 Summer 14 Atlanta Swimming Women's 200 metres Breaststroke United States USA 2 Silver
1996 Summer 14 Atlanta Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay United States USA 1 Gold
2000 Summer 18 Sydney Swimming Women's 200 metres Breaststroke United States USA 3 Bronze
2004 Summer 22 Athina Swimming Women's 100 metres Breaststroke United States USA 4
2004 Summer 22 Athina Swimming Women's 200 metres Breaststroke United States USA 1 Gold OR
2004 Summer 22 Athina Swimming Women's 200 metres Individual Medley United States USA 2 Silver
2004 Summer 22 Athina Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay United States USA 2 Silver
2008 Summer 26 Beijing Swimming Women's 200 metres Breaststroke United States USA 18

Women's 100 metres Breaststroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1996 Summer 14 Atlanta Swimming United States Final 2 1:08.09
1996 Summer 14 Atlanta Swimming United States Round One Heat Five 1 QU 1:09.04
2004 Summer 22 Athina Swimming United States Final 4 1:07.44
2004 Summer 22 Athina Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 QU 1:07.92
2004 Summer 22 Athina Swimming United States Round One Heat Five 1 QU 1:08.04

Women's 200 metres Breaststroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T RT L
1996 Summer 14 Atlanta Swimming United States Final 2 2:25.75
1996 Summer 14 Atlanta Swimming United States Round One Heat Five 1 QU 2:28.10
2000 Summer 18 Sydney Swimming United States Final 3 2:25.35
2000 Summer 18 Sydney Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 5 QU 2:26.62
2000 Summer 18 Sydney Swimming United States Round One Heat Three 2 QU 2:27.83
2004 Summer 22 Athina Swimming United States Final 1 OR 2:23.37
2004 Summer 22 Athina Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 2:25.62
2004 Summer 22 Athina Swimming United States Round One Heat Five 1 QU 2:26.61
2008 Summer 26 Beijing Swimming United States Round One Heat Four 6 2:27.70 0.72 3

Women's 200 metres Individual Medley

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
2004 Summer 22 Athina Swimming United States Final 2 2:11.70
2004 Summer 22 Athina Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 2:13.51
2004 Summer 22 Athina Swimming United States Round One Heat Three 1 QU 2:14.49

Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1996 Summer 14 Atlanta Swimming United States USA Final 1 4:02.88 1:08.34 2:10.01
2004 Summer 22 Athina Swimming United States USA Final 2 3:59.12 1:06.32 2:06.00