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Natalie Coughlin

Full name: Natalie Anne Coughlin (-Hall)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-8 (173 cm)
Weight: 139 lbs (63 kg)
Born: August 23, 1982 in Vallejo, California, United States
Affiliations: University of California Berkeley/California Aquatics
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 3 Gold, 4 Silver, 5 Bronze (12 Total)

Biography

Natalie Coughlin burst onto the international swim scene at the 2001 World Championships, winning a gold medal in the 100 backstroke and a bronze in the 50 backstroke. In 2002 at the Pan-Pacifics, she was more dominant, winning six medals, four gold, with three individual championships in the 100 free, 100 fly, and 100 back. Coughlin was an early favorite for the 2004 Olympics, but her performance in 2003, and especially at the World Championships, was lackluster. There she won only two relay medals, although it was later revealed that she was quite sick and had considered not competing. Although somewhat overshadowed by the media attention given Michael Phelps, Coughlin was the top female swimmer at the 2004 Olympic Games, winning five medals, including two gold. Individually, she won the 100 metre backstroke and finished third in the 100 freestyle. She won her second gold medal in the 800 metre freestyle relay, and added two silvers as a member of the United States’ teams in the other relays.

Coughlin continued after 2004 and won a 4x200 freestyle relay gold medal at the 2005 World Championships. In 2007, she won the 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle at the Worlds, adding a gold medal in the 4x2 free relay. In Beijing, she was again eclipsed by the frenzy that surrounded American swimmers Michael Phelps and Dara Torres. But she competed in six events, winning a medal in all of them, highlighted by an individual gold medal in the 100 backstroke, becoming the first woman to defend that Olympic title. In two Olympics, she competed in 11 events and won 11 medals, three gold.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2004 Summer 21 Athina Swimming Women's 100 metres Freestyle United States USA 3 Bronze
2004 Summer 21 Athina Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 2 Silver
2004 Summer 21 Athina Swimming Women's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 1 Gold
2004 Summer 21 Athina Swimming Women's 100 metres Backstroke United States USA 1 Gold OR
2004 Summer 21 Athina Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay United States USA 2 Silver
2008 Summer 25 Beijing Swimming Women's 100 metres Freestyle United States USA 3 Bronze
2008 Summer 25 Beijing Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 2 Silver
2008 Summer 25 Beijing Swimming Women's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 3 Bronze
2008 Summer 25 Beijing Swimming Women's 100 metres Backstroke United States USA 1 Gold
2008 Summer 25 Beijing Swimming Women's 200 metres Individual Medley United States USA 3 Bronze
2008 Summer 25 Beijing Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay United States USA 2 Silver
2012 Summer 29 London Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 3 Bronze

Women's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T RT L
2004 Summer 21 Athina Swimming United States Final 3 54.40
2004 Summer 21 Athina Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 QU 54.37
2004 Summer 21 Athina Swimming United States Round One Heat Seven 1 QU 54.82
2008 Summer 25 Beijing Swimming United States Final 3 53.39 0.67 4
2008 Summer 25 Beijing Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 53.70 0.69 5
2008 Summer 25 Beijing Swimming United States Round One Heat Seven 1 QU 53.82 0.69 5

Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS RT L 5dT ET ER
2004 Summer 21 Athina Swimming United States USA Final 2 3:36.39 53.83 1:48.57
2008 Summer 25 Beijing Swimming United States USA Final 2 3:34.33 54.00 54.00 0.68 3
2012 Summer 29 London Swimming United States USA Round One Heat One 1 53.93 0.00 25.63 2:42.45 1

Women's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS RT L
2004 Summer 21 Athina Swimming United States USA Final 1 WR 7:53.42 1:57.74 1:57.74
2008 Summer 25 Beijing Swimming United States USA Final 3 7:46.33 1:57.19 3:54.90 0.24 5

Women's 100 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T RT L
2004 Summer 21 Athina Swimming United States Final 1 OR 1:00.37
2004 Summer 21 Athina Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU/OR 1:00.17
2004 Summer 21 Athina Swimming United States Round One Heat Six 1 QU 1:01.45
2008 Summer 25 Beijing Swimming United States Final 1 58.96 0.61 5
2008 Summer 25 Beijing Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 59.43 0.58 5
2008 Summer 25 Beijing Swimming United States Round One Heat Seven 2 QU 59.69 0.60 4

Women's 200 metres Individual Medley

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T RT L
2008 Summer 25 Beijing Swimming United States Final 3 2:10.34 0.68 6
2008 Summer 25 Beijing Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 2:11.84 0.68 5
2008 Summer 25 Beijing Swimming United States Round One Heat Three 1 QU 2:11.63 0.69 4

Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS RT L
2004 Summer 21 Athina Swimming United States USA Final 2 3:59.12 59.68/OR 59.68
2008 Summer 25 Beijing Swimming United States USA Final 2 3:53.30 58.94 58.94 0.61 3
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