Born on August 23, 1982 in Vallejo, California, Natalie Coughlin who is a professional swimmer, who played for the United States at the 2004 and 2008 Games. In the Beijing Olympics, she became the first American female athlete to win six medals in one Olympic Games and the first woman to ever win a 100 m backstroke gold in two consecutive Games. She also holds world, American, and US Open records in various events, on top of 11 Olympic medals. Of Irish and Filipino descent, she went to St. Catherine of Siena School then Carondelet High School. When she turned 15, she became the first swimmer to qualify for the Summer National in all 14 events. She became a student athlete at her high school then later at the University of California in Berkeley while earning her degree in psychology in 2005.
Coughlin was on the 2004 Athens Games, where she won the gold medal in the women’s 100 meter backstroke event and was part of the silver medal women’s 4 by 100 meter freestyle relay with Kara Lynn Joyce, Amanda Weir, and Jenny Thompson. In the same event, she broke a world record and won gold as a member of the 4 by 200 meter freestyle relay winning a bronze. In the 2008 Games, meanwhile, she earned the distinction of becoming the first American female athlete who won six medals in a single game. She also won the gold medal in the 100 meter backstroke, becoming the first one to ever defend the title in that event. In 2009, Natalie Coughlin was cast as one of the celebrities on the ninth season of Dancing with the Stars.