Won NCAA Swimmer of the Year at Cal consecutively from 2001 to 2003.
Became the first American woman since 1966 to hold the 100m backstroke world record and was the first woman to go under one minute in the event.
Became the third American woman to win five swimming medals at one Olympic Games, in 2004 in Athens. Swam the lead-off leg in the 4x200m freestyle final in which the U.S. broke a 17-year-old world record, the oldest on the books at the time.
Served as a studio host for MSNBC's 2006 Winter Olympic coverage.
In 2006, co-authored a book about her career titled Golden Girl: How Natalie Coughlin Fought Back, Challenged Conventional Wisdom, and Became America's Olympic Champion with Michael Silver of Sports Illustrated.
Won six medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the most any female American athlete has won in one Olympics.
Competed in season 9 of Dancing with the Stars, paired with Alec Mazo.
Posed in Sports Illustrated's 2012 Swimsuit Issue.
Won her twelfth Olympic medal, a bronze, as part of the 4x100m free relay, at the 2012 Olympics in London.
Was one of the cover models on ESPN The Magazine's The Body Issue in 2015.
James Coughlin — Father
Ethan Hall — Husband
Zennie Coughlin — Mother
Megan Coughlin — Sister
Attended Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, California, United States; University of California, Berkeley, California, United States (BA in Psychology, 2005)
Birth Place: Emeryville, California, United States