12-Time Olympic Medalist Natalie Coughlin Gives Birth to First Child

12-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin has given birth to her first child. Announced by her husband Ethan Hall, head coach of the Crow Canyon Sharks Swim Team, on Facebook on Wednesday, the couple welcomed Zennie Mae Hall. Zennie is Coughlin’s mother’s name.

The 36-year old Coughlin was a pioneer in 21st-century swimming. She became the first woman to ever swim faster than 1 minute in the 100 long course meter backstroke, and in 2008 became the first American women to win 6 medals in the same Olympiad. She also was the first woman to successfully defend a 100 back Olympic gold medal when she won back-to-back titles in Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008.

Coughlin was also elected as an athlete member of the USA Swimming Board of Directors at the United States Aquatic Sports convention last month in Jacksonville

Coughlin’s last major swim meet was the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials.

Zennie Mae Hall. Courtesy: Crown Canyon Sharks

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suzy peretto
3 years ago

congratulations !!!

Wella Hartig
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3 years ago

Congratulations to Natalie and Ethan !!

bobo gigi
3 years ago

Congrats to the parents. Great news.
The baby already works backstroke! Probably a future underwater monster like the mother.

3 years ago


3 years ago

And Zennie just set her first National Age Group record!!!

3 years ago

Looks like a natural back stroker, working on that streamline. This lucky baby will have a mother who exudes positive reinforcement and love.

Old Man Chalmers
3 years ago

2036 olympic trials looking good

3 years ago

McKeever just out of shot with a class of 2036 LoI.

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