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Gold medalist swimmer Natalie Coughlin is the most decorated female athlete of both the 2008 Beijing and 2004 Athens Games. Coughlin has won a medal in every single Olympic event that she has ever entered, for a total of 11 Olympic medals.
In 2008, she became the first American female athlete to win six medals in one Olympiad, in addition to becoming the first woman to win consecutive individual Olympic gold medals in the 100m backstroke. She is also the most decorated female swimmer in World Championship history, with 16 medals.
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Coughlin attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned a BA in psychology in 2005. She is a passionate foodie with an enthusiasm for healthy cooking and eating.
Natalie Coughlin is a paid spokesperson for the California Dried Plum Board.