April 20, 2012, 6 p.m. (ET)

From her days as an Olympic hopeful in the mid-'90s, to winning gold medals in the pool, to her current role as an inspiration away from it. Check out the gallery!


Amanda Beard of the USA in action during the National Swimming Championships in Pasadena, California


Amy van Dyken, Angel Martino, Amanda Beard and Beth Botsford of the USA celebrate winning the women''s 4x100m medley relay finals at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Georgia


Amanda Beard of the USA in action during the women's 100m breaststroke heats at the FINA World Swimming Championships at the Olympiisky Swimming Pool, Moscow


Swimmer Amanda Beard poses for a portrait during the Janet Evans Invitational held July 20, 2002 at the McDonald's Swim Stadium in Los Angeles, California


Amanda Beard swims in the Women's 200M Individual Medley Prelims during the US Olympic Swimming Trials at the Charter All Digital Aquatics Center on July 9, 2004 in Long Beach, California


Amanda Beard reacts to winning the 200 meter breaststroke final and setting a new world record of 2:22.44 during the US Swimming Olympic Team Trials on July 12, 2004 at the Charter All Digital Aquatic Center in Long Beach, California


US Amanda Beard poses on the podium after winning the women's 200m breaststroke gold medal, at the 2004 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatic Center in Athens, 19 August 2004


U.S. Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard winds up to throw the first pitch before the game between the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium June 18, 2008 in Anaheim, California


Amanda Beard hangs on the lane line after the preliminary heats of the 200 meter breaststroke during the U.S. Swimming Olympic Trials on July 3, 2008 at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Nebraska


Amanda Beard walks the runway wearing Cushnie et Ochs at the Heart Truth Red Dress Collection Fall 2009 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Tent in Bryant Park on February 13, 2009 in New York City.


Amanda Beard of the USA looks at the scoreboard after finishing the women's 100m breaststroke finals during the 2011 AT&T Winter National Championships at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center on December 2, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia