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Amanda Beard

  • American athlete
  • Born October 29, 1981

Amanda Ray Beard (born October 29, 1981), also known by her married name Amanda Brown, is an American swimmer and a seven-time Olympic medalist (two gold, four silver, one bronze). She is a former world record holder in the 200-meter breaststroke (long course). Beard's success has earned her the American Swimmer of the Year Award twice. She has won a total of twenty-one medals in major international competition, five gold, thirteen silver, and three bronze spanning the Olympics, the World Championships, the Pan Pacific Championships, and the Summer Universiade.


To look good in the water you have to pick the right swimsuit. I own close to 500.




People wanted to be friends with me for not the right reasons. They'd introduce me to somebody else as the Olympian or the swimmer. I didn't want to stand out. I wanted to blend in.




With my sport, I am outside and in the water, which can be really drying and damaging to the skin, so I try to be vigilant about taking good care of it.




I always tell people, I'm a better swimmer because I'm a mom and a better mom because I'm swimmer.




I protect my skin with sunscreen and am religious about keeping my face moisturized and properly protected all day, so I also use a face lotion with SPF 30.




I'd go to swim practice, put my face in the water, and I didn't have to talk to anybody. Swimming was like my escape, but it was also like this huge prison because I felt like I had to swim up to people's standards.




I concentrate on preparing to swim my race and let the other swimmers think about me, not me about them.




Obviously, the competitor in you, you want to be in the top three every time in the pool.




In swimming, everyone calls me grandma, because I'm the oldest there. Then with my friends, I'm the youngest and I'm the baby. It's definitely bizarre.




I know that I do deserve good things.




When people say to me, 'You're like the Anna Kournikova who wins,' I definitely take it as a compliment, because she's quite gorgeous.




The swimming community is really conservative. I don't know why, because we're in no clothing whatsoever.




If you want me to swim fast, you have to let me enjoy my life.



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