Natalie Coughlin – Sometimes You Need That Extra Kick – Video Interview

Natalie Coughlin will be absent from a national team in what seems like forever after failing to qualify in both the 50 and 100m freestyle finals.

In the 100 freestyle she finished seventh in 54.52 missing a spot on the team by just 0.14 seconds as Abbey Weitzeil grabbed the last remaining spot with a fourth place finish in 54.38.

In the 50 freestyle, Coughlin was sixth in finals with a time of 24.97 matching her entry time exactly and bettering her prelim swim of 25.07 by one tenth of a second. The time that would’ve made the team in that race was a 24.81 by Madeline Locus, again a time that Coughlin was not far off of.

Coughlin praised her teammates and the young up-and-comers for their continued excellence this week and stated that sometimes you need that extra kick in order to swim faster.

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suny cal.

I think it is time for her to move on with her life and retire. She has been a great ambassador for the sport, but its time.


I think anybody nobody has the right to tell another person what they should do with their lives!

SUNY cal

I think its time to retire and move on with your life.


She will make that decision when she thinks it’s her time to go, same with Chloe Sutton. So for now F off.


Why would one move on with their life when they love what they do?


She’s labeled Queen Natalie for a reason- what poise she shows in the midst of disappointment. Maybe this could be the impetus to keep going and dip her toe back into the backstrokes (50/100). Whatever happens, the Bears and USA fans are proud to call her one of our own.


backstrokes- yikes!!! We have great backstrokers coming out of our ears. Tough group to crack. Where we NEED her is FLY. She is a great butterflyer. Check your American short course records. I do hope she keeps swimming. She is a class act. Remember folks, in 2016 she will only be a little older than Jason Lezak was when he saved the day!

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