The Olympian answers all of our swimming qs, from how to properly fuel up to whether it's ever cool to pee in the pool
There's a lot you may already know about Natalie Coughlin: For starters, she's one of the world's most successful female swimmers. The three-time Olympian for Team USA has twelve Olympic medals under her belt (that's three gold, four silver, and five bronze) and broke a record at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing when she took home six medals—a first for any American female athlete. (Clearly, Coughlin has long topped our list of our favorite female Olympic athletes.) She's also just one Olympic medal away of becoming the most decorated female athlete in U.S. history—something that may soon change if she competes in the Rio games come August 5th. (She's currently gearing up for the swimming trials in June that will determine her fate.)
Beyond her accomplishments in the water, you may also recognize her from her run on Dancing with the Stars, or from her jaw-dropping appearance in last summer's ESPN Body Issue—those pictures made pretty much everyone want to take up swimming stat! (Inspired? We've got a fun swim workout that practically guarantees a full-body burn.)
But there's a lot you don't know, like her her stance on peeing in the pool—"any swimmer who says they don't pee in the pool is a liar''—or her favorite post-workout recovery fuel, a cherry almond smoothie. (Don't worry, we've nabbed that recipe, plus her gluten-free energy bar recipe.) Check out the video to get to know the athlete on a whole new level, and look out for our upcoming videos with the Olympian.