We’re kicking off our Olympic countdown in style with a steamy look at the top 10 most enviable bodies from the 2012 Olympic team. While there were hundreds of athletes to choose from, we highlighted the ones that stuck out most whether it be from their charm, impressive bragging rights, highly-decorated career, or of course, their head-turning physiques. Check out our slideshow to see if of your favorite athletes made the hot-body list.
Natalie Coughlin is one to watch in the 2012 Summer Olympics. Natalie is on the US Women’s Olympic Swimming team. At the ripe age of 22-years-old, Natalie won five medals in 2004 in the Athens Summer Olympics. It was her first time participating in the Olympics and won a gold medal in the 100m Backstroke and 4x200m Freestyle Relay, silver medal in the 4×100 Freestyle Relay and 4x100m Medley Relay, and bronze medal in the 100m Freestyle. In 2008, she won six more medals to add to her collection. Already having 11 medals under her swimsuit she is determined to win more medals in London this summer.
In addition to swimming, Coughlin is focused on her health, the environment, and as a philanthropist, Natalie says health and nutrition go hand in hand. She keeps up with her fitness outside of the pool and eats healthy to maintain a well balanced diet. She embraces the green lifestyle, so much so that she has a garden in her backyard where she grows her own fruits and vegetables. She was recently introduced to Michelle Obama during a Let’s Move presentation, which is one of the charities she works with. She has also made donations to Right to Play through the Hearts of Gold program. It’s great to see athletes give back to the community.
Natalie is keeping a busy schedule preparing for the summer Olympics and all the other activities in her life. We are glad that she took some time out from her busy schedule to give us an interview!
Q: What does your calorie intake look like during training? In 2008 we heard that Phelps consumed something like 12,000 calories!
A: I have no idea what my calorie intake is… I do my best to listen to my body and change the amount accordingly. During big lifting phases and competitions I tend to eat more, during lighter training phases I eat less.
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