Aug 01, 2012 10:10 AM EDT
USA has offered some great athletes to swim in the pools of the Olympic arena, many are which are both talented and not so hard on the eyes.
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Natalie Coughlin gave Missy Franklin a run for her money in the swimming relays. The 11-time Olympic medalist was the first U.S. female swimmer to even win six medals at a single Olympic Games. She did so in 2008 in Beijing, according to NBC. She won 11 medals at the Olympic Trials and numerous medals in both the Beijing and Athens Olympics. She has also taken her skills outside of the sporting arena as well. The 5-foot-8 California resident was on the 2009 season of "Dancing with the Stars," and after Beijing took time to work on a possible cooking career. She has become a celebrity because of her Olympic career and has also made an appearance on "Iron Chef America."
Diver David Boudia won silver for the individual platform silver at the 2011 Worlds competitions, making it the first U.S. medal in the event since 1986. The has already received a medal this year at the Olympics, rounding in at third in the men's synchronized 10-meter platform final. Boudia, 23, finds the Olympic experience thrilling, with all the fans cheering him on. When he made his Olympic debut and walked into Beijing's arena for the Opening Ceremony, he said, "Someone started chanting USA, and it echoed the entire tunnel," Boudia said. "And as we walked out of the tunnel ... you had thousands of people cheering for you, lights going off. It was so surreal."
Nathan Adrian, 24, won the silver at the men's 4x100-meter freestyle final in London. He won a gold for the same event in Beijing. He already has a few gold medals from past relays and was nicknamed "the one to watch" before the 2008 Olympic Trials. He graduated this year from the University of California-Berkeley with a degree in Public Health and the 6-foot-7-inch athlete plans to keep up his game in the swimming pool. His looks are a show stopper for his fans and the half-Asian athlete continues to make the girls melt.
Missy Franklin has become a name not to be forgotten in the swimming competitions. The 6-foot-1-inch athlete from Colorado won her first world title at the age of 15 and broke the world record for the short course 200-meter backstroke last fall. She has already ranked first place in many of the women's swimming qualifications and took the gold medal at the women's 100-meter backstroke final, adding to her collection of gold medals from previous competitions. She will compete in a total of seven London Games, making her the first U.S. female to swim that many races at the Olympics.
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