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USA Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin laughs during a press conference in Beijing on August 6, 2008. Coughlin won five medals at the Olympics in Athens. (UPI Photo/Terry Schmitt)
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Natalie Anne Coughlin (born August 23, 1982) is an American swimmer and eleven-time Olympic medallist.

At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Coughlin became the first American female athlete in modern Olympic history to win six medals in one Olympics and the first woman ever to win a 100 m backstroke gold in two consecutive Olympics.

Coughlin's success has earned her the World Swimmer of the Year Award one time and American Swimmer of the Year Award three times. She has won a total of forty-eight medals in major international competition, twenty-one gold, seventeen silver, and ten bronze spanning the Olympics, the World, and the Pan Pacific Championships.

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