Three-Time Olympic Champion Natalie Coughlin Announces Pregnancy

This afternoon on Instagram, Natalie Coughlin announced that she is expecting her first child with husband Ethan Hall. The former Cal Bear student-athlete, and renowned backstroker on the world stage, included a shot of the sonogram in a post to her 178,000 followers on the app. Coughlin was the first woman in history to break 1:00 in the 100 meter backstroke, as well as the first American woman in modern history to win six medals at one Olympiad (2008).

Coughlin recently started her own wine label, Gaderian Wines, with her friend Shaina Harding, hence the first photo in her two-image Instagram post featuring an upcoming Pinot Noir release. She ever-so-subtly slipped in baby implications in her caption: “So proud of our @gaderianwines Pinot Noir, which we bottled last week. We’re not officially releasing it until the Fall, which is perfect because I can’t drink for the next few months. 🤰”

Coughlin married Hall, who swam at UCSB and is the head coach of the USA Swimming team the Crow Canyon Sharks, in 2009.

Recently, Coughlin has been one of four leaders of USA Swimming’s SwimSquads, a program in its inaugural year. Competing against teams led by Lenny KrayzelburgJason Lezak, and Kaitlin Sandeno, Coughlin has drafted some of the United States’ top swimmers to collect points based on their performances at 2018 TYR PSS meets. Currently, following the Indy PSS last month, CoughlinSquad sits in 2nd with 328 points, just behind KrayzelburgSquad (358).

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So proud of our @gaderianwines Pinot Noir, which we bottled last week. We’re not officially releasing it until the Fall, which is perfect because I can’t drink for the next few months. 🤰

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Good for her and Ethan!

dj albertson

She’s awesome!

snarky

Relay with Boomer and Lochte’s kid?

Hswimmer

If it’s a boy that would be something else!

Maelstrom

and Beckett Phelps

sven

Nah, gotta have Grevers’ kid for the leadoff.

Mr G.

And Dana Volmer’s son Arlen?

Anon

A male version of Coughlin could take Grevers any day.

Hswimmer

Don’t forget about Vollmers 2 boys also!

Snarky

I think Grevers and Annie have a kid too. Back or breast?

K.A.

…and Baby Grevers!

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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