| Friday, February 16, 2018
An avid believer in maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle, Natalie Coughlin enjoys spending time in the kitchen preparing meals that compliment her lifestyle. She has prepared some of her favorite recipes on the Today Show and Rachel Ray. Served as a guest judge on the season premiere of Super Chef Battle: An Iron Chef America Event. Captured mainstream appeal with her engaging personality and athletic abilities on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Featured in the 2012 SI Swimsuit Issue. She released her autobiography, Golden Girl, following her dominating performance in Athens. Coughlin is also a highly sought after motivational and inspirational speaker.Coughlin’s media portfolio includes: Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, CNN, ESPN The Magazine, Glamour, Good Morning America, LA Times, Men’s Vogue, New York Times, NPR, Runners World, San Francisco Chronicle, Sports Illustrated, Today Show, USA Today, USA Weekend,
Vogue, People, SELF, and Buzzfeed, among others.
Armed with an engaging personality and inviting
smile, Coughlin has an eye for both sides of the camera lens. Her TV hosting experience includes assignments with Access Hollywood and MSNBC. She posses a passion for photography and has been known to capture stories of her world travels through her camera. She's also served as an official photographer of Cal-Berkeley athletic department.
Coughlin is actively involved with the YMCA of San Francisco. She's an ambassador for Right to Play and participated in their “Hearts of Gold” program around the Beijing Games that donated more than $85,000 to children around the world. Coughlin is a Charter Member of USADA’s “Project Believe” campaign, voluntarily participating in extra blood tests in an effort to speak out in support of clean competition. She also supports the Women’s Sports Foundation, Sports4Kids, Edible Schoolyard, PoohStrong Foundation, the DAM-Cancer Foundation and Tobacco-Free Kids.
Coughlin is a Two-time Women’s Sports Foundation “Female Athlete of the Year” nominee and a five-time ESPY Award nominee including “Best Female Athlete,” “Best Olympic Performance,” and “Best Performance by a Female Athlete”. She won 2003 Women's Sports Foundation “Individual Sportswoman of the Year” and is also a three-time NCAA “Swimmer of the Year”, as well as a three-time finalist for the AAU James E. Sullivan Memorial Award in honor of the nation’s top amateur athlete.
Coughlin is among the most decorated international medalists of all-time:
- (12) among American women (tied with J. Thompson & D. Torres).
- Only three athletes have won more than 13 career Olympic medals; M. Phelps (22), L. Latynia (18), N. Andrianov (15).
- Three-time Olympian & 12-time Olympic Medalist. Most decorated female athlete of the 2008 Beijing Games (6 medals).
- Most decorated female athlete of the 2004 Athens Games (5 medals).
- Most decorated female swimmer in World Championships history (20 medals).
- Most successful American female at a single Olympic Games.
- First woman in Olympic history to win back- to-back gold medals in 100m backstroke. Has captured an Olympic medal in every event she’s entered (2004, 2008, 2012).