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Natalie Coughlin of the USA attends a press conference for the FINA World Championships at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain. (July 26, 2013)

U.S. swimmer Natalie Coughlin

U.S. swimmer Natalie Coughlin won a total of 12 medals (three gold) in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. She's won a medal in every single Olympic event she's ever entered.

US swimmer Natalie Coughlin rests during a training
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US swimmer Natalie Coughlin rests during a training session ahead of the FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, July 26, 2013. (AP Photo/David Phillip)

US swimmer Natalie Coughlin prepares to swim during
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US swimmer Natalie Coughlin prepares to swim during a training session ahead of the FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, July 26, 2013. (AP Photo/David Phillip)

US swimmer Natalie Coughlin gestures to her coach
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US swimmer Natalie Coughlin gestures to her coach during a training session ahead of the FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, July 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

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US swimmer Natalie Coughlin stretches prior to a
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US swimmer Natalie Coughlin stretches prior to a training session ahead of the FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, July 26, 2013. (AP Photo/David Phillip)

Natalie Coughlin of the USA attends a press
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Natalie Coughlin of the USA attends a press conference for the FINA World Championships at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain. (July 26, 2013)

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JULY 26: Natalie Coughlin of
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BARCELONA, SPAIN - JULY 26: Natalie Coughlin of the USA attends a press conference for the FINA World Championships at Palau Sant Jordi on July 26, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

United States swimmers (from right to left) Missy
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United States swimmers (from right to left) Missy Franklin, Natalie Coughlin, Shannon Vreeland and Megan Romano celebrate during the award ceremony of the women's 4x100 freestyle relay at the FINA World Championships. (July 28, 2013)

United States swimmers Natalie Coughlin, left, and Missy
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United States swimmers Natalie Coughlin, left, and Missy Franklin cheer on their teammate during the women's 4x100m Freestyle on day nine of the FINA World Championships. (July 28, 2013)

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American swimmers Natalie Coughlin, left, and Missy Franklin
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American swimmers Natalie Coughlin, left, and Missy Franklin celebrate after the women's 4x100m Freestyle during the FINA World Championships. (July 28, 2013)

Natalie Coughlin of the United States after helping
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Natalie Coughlin of the United States after helping win a heat in the semifinals of the women's 4x100 freestyle relay during the 2012 Olympics at the Aquatics Centre in London. (July 28, 2012)

Natalie Coughlin of the United States dives into
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Natalie Coughlin of the United States dives into the pool for her leg, the third, in the semifinals of the women's 4x100 freestyle relay during the London 2012 Olympics at the Aquatics Centre on Saturday, July 28, 2012 in London, England. The U.S. took silver in the event. (Nhat V. Meyer/San Jose Mercury News/MCT)

FILE - This May 14, 2012 file photo
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FILE - This May 14, 2012 file photo shows Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin at the 2012 Team USA Media Summit in Dallas. Coughlin has been in the pool as long as she can remember, building the muscles and learning the discipline that would eventually lead her to 12 Olympic medals. All that time in the water whether in chlorinated pools or salty oceans, could potentially wreak havoc on other things, such as skin, hair and nails. "Eating well and taking care of your body is the No. 1 most important thing for good hair, good skin and good nails," Coughlin, 29, says. (AP Photo/Victoria Will, file)

FILE - This June 26, 2012 file photo
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FILE - This June 26, 2012 file photo shows Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin swimming in the women's 100-meter backstroke preliminaries at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, Neb. Coughlin has been in the pool as long as she can remember, building the muscles and learning the discipline that would eventually lead her to 12 Olympic medals. All that time in the water whether in chlorinated pools or salty oceans, could potentially wreak havoc on other things, such as skin, hair and nails. "Eating well and taking care of your body is the No. 1 most important thing for good hair, good skin and good nails," Coughlin, 29, says. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, file)

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NATALIE COUGHLIN — 12 Summer 3 Gold, 4
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NATALIE COUGHLIN — 12
Summer
3 Gold, 4 Silver, 5 Bronze
2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing, 2012 London
Swimming
Coughlin has won five individual medals — including gold in 2004 and 2008 in the 100-meter backstroke — and seven relay medals.

Members of the U.S. swim team Natalie Coughlin,
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Members of the U.S. swim team Natalie Coughlin, right, Michael Phelps, center, and Jessica Hardy pose for photographers during a media day for Speedo sponsored athletes ahead of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (July 25, 2012)

SANTA CLARA, CA - JUNE 01: Natalie Coughlin
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SANTA CLARA, CA - JUNE 01: Natalie Coughlin competes in the 100 meter women's butterfly during day 2 of the Santa Clara International Grand Prix at George F. Haines International Swim Center on June 1, 2012 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Natalie Coughlin
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Natalie Coughlin

Athens 2004 Olympics American swimmers, from left; Amanda
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Athens 2004 Olympics American swimmers, from left; Amanda Beard, Michael Phelps, Jenny Thompson and Natalie Coughlin pose on the beach in Athens. (Aug. 24, 2004)

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US swimmer Natalie Coughlin salutes the public prior
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US swimmer Natalie Coughlin salutes the public prior to compete in the final of the women's 100-metre backstroke swimming event in the FINA World Championships at the indoor stadium of the Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai on July 26, 2011. She won bronze. AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 26: Natalie Coughlin of
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SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 26: Natalie Coughlin of the United States reacts after winning the bronze medal in the Women's 100m Backstroke Final during Day Eleven of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 26, 2011 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

U.S. swimmer Natalie Coughlin takes off her goggles
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U.S. swimmer Natalie Coughlin takes off her goggles after completing a women's 100m Backstroke semifinal at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Shanghai, China. (July 25, 2011)

US swimmer Natalie Coughlin (R) and US swimmer
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US swimmer Natalie Coughlin (R) and US swimmer Elizabeth Pelton react after they competed in the semi-final of the women's 100-metre backstroke swimming event in the FINA World Championships at the indoor stadium of the Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai on July 25, 2011. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images)

Natalie Coughlin of the United States swims on
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Natalie Coughlin of the United States swims on her way to clinching the bronze medal in the women's 100m backstroke at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Shanghai, China. (July 26, 2011)

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US swimmer Natalie Coughlin sticks her tongue out
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US swimmer Natalie Coughlin sticks her tongue out after she competed in the final of the women's 100-metre backstroke swimming event in the FINA World Championships at the indoor stadium of the Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai on July 26, 2011. She won bronze. AFP PHOTO / PETER PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 26: Bronze medalist Natalie
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SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 26: Bronze medalist Natalie Coughlin of the United States poses after the Women's 100m Backstroke Final during Day Eleven of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 26, 2011 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 26: Natalie Coughlin of
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SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 26: Natalie Coughlin of the United States reacts after winning the bronze medal in the Women's 100m Backstroke Final during Day Eleven of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 26, 2011 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 26: Natalie Coughlin of
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SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 26: Natalie Coughlin of the United States walks out before the Women's 100m Backstroke Final during Day Eleven of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 26, 2011 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

U.S. swimmer Natalie Coughlin won the bronze medal
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U.S. swimmer Natalie Coughlin won the bronze medal in the women's 100-meter backstroke at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Shanghai, China. (July 26, 2011)

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U.S. swimmer Natalie Coughlin sticks her tongue out
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U.S. swimmer Natalie Coughlin sticks her tongue out as she holds her bronze medal on the podium during the award ceremony for the women's 100-meter backstroke at the FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai, China. (July 26, 2011)

U.S. swimmer Natalie Coughlin adjusts her goggles after
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U.S. swimmer Natalie Coughlin adjusts her goggles after she competed in the final of the women's 100-meter backstroke at the FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai, China. She won the bronze medal. (July 26, 2011)

NATALIE COUGHLIN An Olympic gold-medalist in swimming, Coughlin
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NATALIE COUGHLIN
An Olympic gold-medalist in swimming, Coughlin partnered with Alec Mazo and lasted through seven weeks on Season 9.

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