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Twelve-Time Olympic Medalist Natalie Coughlin Welcomes Baby No. 2

By Todd Kortemeier | Oct. 28, 2020, 12:03 p.m. (ET)

Swimmer Natalie Coughlin poses for a portrait at the USOC Rio Olympics Shoot at Quixote Studios on November 21, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.


Baby No. 2 was 11 days late but worth the wait for Olympic gold medalist Natalie Coughlin and her husband Ethan Hall.

“Ozzie took his sweet time to get here (11 days past his due date) but we’re all so happy to finally meet this chunk of a baby boy,” Coughlin wrote on Instagram after Ozzie was born Tuesday.

Fellow Olympic swimming champions Summer Sanders and Michael Phelps were among the commenters sending congratulations. Ozzie joins sister Zennie Mae, born almost exactly two years ago. Coughlin and Hall, a swim coach and former college swimmer, were married in 2009.

Coughlin now has a full relay team in her household, an event she had much success in over the years including in her first Olympic Games in Athens in 2004. She not only won the 4x200-meter freestyle gold medal with Carly Piper, Kaitlin Sandeno and Dana Vollmer, the team broke a world record that had stood since 1987. Coughlin also won the 100-meter backstroke gold medal in Athens, then defended her title in Beijing four years later. She was the first woman ever to go back-to-back in that event.

Coughlin made one final Olympic appearance in London in 2012, adding a bronze medal in the 4x100-meter freestyle. In all, Coughlin won 12 Olympic medals and ranks as one of the most decorated Olympic swimmers ever. Coughlin, 38, never formally retired from competition, and last October got back in the pool by competing in the International Swim League.

Todd Kortemeier

Todd Kortemeier is a sportswriter, editor and children’s book author from Minneapolis. He is a contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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