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Natalie Coughlin Becomes A Mom

By Chrös McDougall | Oct. 18, 2018, 9:37 p.m. (ET)

Natalie Coughlin poses for a portrait at the USOC Rio Olympics Shoot on Nov. 21, 2015 in Los Angeles. 


Natalie Coughlin is a three time Olympian, a 12-time Olympic medalist and, as of Tuesday, also a mom.

Coughlin and husband Ethan Hall announced the birth of daughter Zennie Mae in an Instagram post on Thursday.

“Crazy couple of days!” she wrote, accompanying a picture of the newborn in matching pajamas and a cap. “Introducing Zennie Mae, born on October 16th. Couldn’t be happier and can’t wait to get to know her.”

Coughlin’s mother is also named Zennie.

Motherhood is the latest chapter for Coughlin, one of the most accomplished swimmers of all time.

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After winning five medals at her Olympic debut in Athens, Coughlin won six in 2008 in Beijing, which is a record for a woman at a single Olympic Games. With one more medal in 2012 in London, Coughlin reached 12 total medals, tying her with fellow Americans Jenny Thompson and Dara Torres for the most decorated female swimmer at the Olympics and the most decorated U.S. women at the Olympics.

Coughlin, who turned 36 in August, hasn’t officially retired from swimming, though she hasn’t competed since 2016, when she fell short of making a fourth Olympic team.

She’s had plenty to occupy her time since then. Throughout her long career, she’s publicly shared her passions for cooking and gardening, competed on “Dancing with the Stars” and, more recently, tried her hand at broadcasting for NBC Sports and started a small wine label.

It was through the latter that the couple announced Coughlin’s pregnancy in another Instagram post in June. In a post showing a pinot noir that had just been bottled, she noted the wine wouldn’t be released until fall, “which is perfect because I can’t drink for the next few months.”

Chrös McDougall has been a reporter and editor for TeamUSA.org since 2009 on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc. He is based in Minneapolis-St. Paul. 

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