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Amanda Beard

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Biography:

Amanda Beard does it all: a 4-time Olympian swimmer and medalist, former world record holder, model, motivational speaker, author, wife, and mother — a true Renaissance woman. Beard began her journey at the ripe age of 14 when she swam in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Contrary to the impression of naivety that the media’s photos of Beard holding her teddy bear during the games may have conveyed, Sports Speaker Amanda dominated the competition where she won silver medals in the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststrokes, as well as a gold medal in the 4×100-meter medley relay. She made another appearance in the 2000 Sydney Olympics Games, this time without her teddy bear, but taking home a medal nonetheless, winning a bronze medal in the 200-meter breaststroke. Beard continued to succeed in the Athens Olympic Games in 2004 where she won her first individual gold medal in the 200-meter breaststroke and a silver medal in the 200-meter individual medley and the 4×100-meter medley relay. In the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games she qualified second in the 200-meter breaststroke at the US trial, in addition to being elected Co-Captain of the US team by her teammates.

In the years between her numerous Olympic triumphs, Beard continued to challenge herself in the pool. In 2001, Beard won an individual NCAA National Championship while attending the University of Arizona. To add to her resume, she also became the world champion and record holder in the 200-meter breaststroke and won the silver medal in the 100-meter breaststroke and 400-meter medley relay in the World Championship in 2003. With her many career achievements, Beard has a total of eight US National titles.

A woman of many talents, Beard branched out of swimming and into modeling at the age of 16 when she made her debut in JUMP magazine. Beard has since been featured in a wide variety of magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Vogue, and The New York Times Magazine. In addition to modeling, Beard hopes to reach out to others in the community through her motivational speaking. She hosts swim clinics in which she helps hopeful swimmers of all ages and levels with technique, while also sharing her own personal stories of strength and perseverance. Beard also speaks on a wide variety of topics such women’s issues, breast cancer awareness, and personal growth and parenting.

In an effort to further share her story with the public, Beard released an autobiography the same year entitled In the Water They Can’t See You Cry: A Memoir in 2012. The memoir chronicles her struggles with self-injury, depression, and drug use. With fierce blue eyes to match her profound determination, Beard says that she is open to competing in the 2016 Olympics despite her setback in the 2012 games.