Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Beauty of Sport, Part Two: American swimmer Natalie Coughlin

Natalie Coughlin has won twelve Olympic medals in swimming, a distinction she shares with two other American swimmers, Jenny Thompson and Dara Torres.  This is the largest number of Olympic medals won by an American woman in any sport.

In the process, Ms. Coughlin (pronounced COG-lin) achieved two unprecedented achievements: At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, she became the first American woman to win six medals in a single Olympiad and the first woman ever to win the 100-meter backstroke in two consecutive Olympiads.   

At London in 2012, she won a bronze medal as part of the American 4x100-meter freestyle relay team.

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