Catching Up with Natalie Coughlin (Video)

In this video, produced by Outside Magazine, we get a glimpse into the motivation and day-to-day life behind one of the most decorated swimmers in Olympic history.

Natalie Coughlin, who is now tied with Jenny Thompson and Dara Torres as the most decorated woman Olympian of all time, has won 12 Olympic medals but isn’t planning on slowing down anytime soon.

“There is no off-season. It’s a struggle.”

Coughlin still trains at Cal with two other swimmers who are at the top of their own game– Nathan Adrian and Anthony Ervin, forming perhaps the most elite training group in the world.

“She has a very intense competitive drive.” — Nathan Adrian.

In this video we get a glimpse into some of the training that she undergoes on a daily basis at Cal both in the pool and the weight room. (And even on the beach.)

“I love training,” Coughlin tellingly says.


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