Fellow Foodie: Olympic Athlete Natalie Coughlin

Events: 100m back, 100m free, 200m IM, 4x100m free relay, 4x200m free relay, 4x100m medley relay
Number Olympic Medals: Five
Hobbies: Why, cooking bruschetta for her friends, of course!

Did anyone else catch NBC's profile of Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin on Sunday? We're so tickled to find a fellow foodie in this Olympic athlete!

We were (of course) making dinner and had the Olympics on in the background. But we perked right up when this uber-muscled swimmer from California start gushing about how much she loves food and cooking.

The profile had several shots of Coughlin wandering through a farmer's market in San Fransisco, commenting on the lettuce and offering a perky "Thank you!" with every purchase. Back in her swanky kitchen, she packs her groceries into a fridge and cooks up some bruschetta for her friends.

Coughlin first got into cooking during her freshman year at Berkeley. The food in the dorms was terrible, and so she started teaching herself to cook by watching the Food Network and reading food magazines. Sound familiar?!

These days, Coughlin says that cooking brings balance into her life and provides a therapeutic break from the pressures of competitive swimming. And if she had to pick a favorite dish, her vote goes to risotto.

Natalie, from our kitchen to yours, we wish you the best of luck in Beijing! We'll be rooting for you with bruschetta in hand.

• We couldn't find a link to the video, but we did come across this article on the NBC website about Natalie's photography and cooking hobbies.
• The women's swimming competition is on again tonight, so tune in to support our new favorite foodie athlete!

Related: Recipe: Spring Lemon Risotto with Asparagus and Fiddlehead Ferns

(Image: Flickr member jdlasica licensed under Creative Commons)

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