In the year and a half since London he has become a mainstream name, with Kitsap County declaring August 22 Nathan Adrian Day, appearing on major national day-time and night-time shows from the Today Show to Leno, all the while continuing to compete with appearances at Worlds and the recent AT&T Winter Nationals. While he lives in the Bay Area and trains under Dave Durden and Nort Thornton with a post-grad group at Cal that also includes Anthony Ervin and Natalie Coughlin, his heart and NFL team-of-choice are in the Pacific Northwest with the Seattle Seahawks. Adrian, fresh off his gold medal appearance in Beijing as part of the 4×100 freestyle relay (he swam in the preliminaries), was invited on to the show to provide benchmarks for the hosts.
Here are 8 other random little factoids that you may or may not have known about the humble Nathan Adrian– 1. On December 23 he had the honor to raise the 12 man flag at a Seahawks home game. His middle name is Ghar-jun He represents the multi-cultural honey-pot we live in, his mom Cecilia being Chinese (she is originally from Hong Kong). (Sort of.) His 100m free split at the most recent FINA World Champs in the medley relay was the fastest split in the non-supersuit era in 46.69. In an interview done with Outside Magazine, Adrian explained that his perfect day would be surrounded by his family and friends, playing on the water during the day, and then skiing at night in Lake Tahoe. The tests ultimately showed that the swimmer’s speed is more influenced by stroke speed than the type and quality of water they are swimming through. He has a street named after him in his hometown of Bremerton, Washington. As reported in the Outside interview, Adrian states that if he could meet one person that it would be Richard Branson, as Adrian likes his “thirst for adventure and his candid nature.” 8.
This is reflected in the Art of the Cap campaign as well, with the ’08 on his cap a nod to his Beijing Olympics experience as well as his background. The swim ultimately turned out to be for naught, as the US team were disqualified as the result of an early take-over between Matt Grevers and Kevin Cordes. Sumac Street in Bremerton was renamed as “Nathan Adrian Drive” in the weeks after the London Olympics. The Berkeley Dreamboat Crashed Swim by Ripping His Suit.
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She won her gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke with Diana Mocanu (Romania) taking the silver and Antje Buschschulte (Germany) taking the bronze.
Coughlin won her silver medal in the women's 4×100-meter medley relay, teaming up with Megan Quann, Mary Descenza, and Erin Phenix; the Australians won the gold (Calub, Jones, Thomas, Ryan).
While attending the University of California, Berkeley, she became the first woman ever to swim the 100-meter backstroke (long course) in less than one minute—ten days before her 20th birthday in 2002.