If you’re not a fan of 12-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin, I don’t know if we can be friends. Natalie’s swim-fan-fun you can count on, medaling at the Olympics every time she steps on the blocks.
Natalie’s 33 years old. Is Omaha her last trip to U.S. Olympic Trials? I don’t think so. I take Natalie at her word when she says she loves the elite swimming lifestyle, staying in shaping, pushing her limits. Natalie’s going to stay fit and race fast as long as she possibly can.
Will she make the U.S. Olympic Team? That’s a tough question. Natalie’s on the bubble. When Natalie missed making the 2015 World Championship team, I was a little surprised. However, when she performed at the 2015 Pan Am Games, I was not surprised. Natalie’s a big meet swimmer. She simply knows how to race when it counts.
At U.S. Olympic Trials, Natalie rallies, turning in a great performance. I’d like to see Natalie makes her 4th Olympic Team on the 4×100 free relay, and I’d like to see her edge a spot in the 100 backstroke. That would put her in a position to win potentially 3 more medals, the third being a prelim swim on the 4×100 medley relay. I’ll concede Natalie’s in a fight for her life at US Olympic Trials, but with her Olympic track-record, I see her performing while other swimmers fall short due to nerves and pressure.
What do you think?
This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by SwimOutlet.com. Host Gold Medal Mel Stewart is a 3-time Olympic medalist and the co-founder of SwimSwam.com, a Swimming News website.