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Nathan
Adrian
United States of AmericaUnited States of America, USA
Male
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
07 December 1988
Height
198 cm
Weight
102 kg
Family
Partner Hallie Ivester
Residence
Berkeley, CA, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Health Studies - University of California: Berkeley, CA, USA

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age two and entered his first competition at age five.
Why this sport?
He began swimming after his siblings and friends started taking lessons. He enjoys the sport because there is always room for improvement. "There is no better feeling than to go a best time. Plus, my parents were adamant that me and my siblings took a water safety course as kids to learn to swim."
Club / Team
California Aquatics: Berkeley, CA, USA
Name of coach
Dave Durden [club], USA

General Interest

Nicknames
Bok Choi (wgrz.com, 17 Jun 2016)
Hobbies
Surfing, fashion, dirt biking, jet skiing, boating, supporting American football team Seattle Seahawks. (teamusa.org, 28 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (usaswimming.org, 10 Aug 2016)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Gary Hall Jr. (teamusa.org, 07 Jan 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"A lot of life lessons are taught in swimming. It's not out of the ordinary to train an entire year and put everything that you have into it and not get a best time. Those are the kind of lessons that you are forcibly taught through this." (usatoday.com, 11 Aug 2016)
Awards and honours
A street in his birthplace, Bremerton, WA, United States of America, was renamed 'Nathan Adrian Drive' in recognition of his success at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (swimswam.com, 29 Apr 2015)

He was named the 2009 Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year in the United States of America. (calbears.com, 26 Nov 2009)

He won the 2009 Golden Goggles Award as a member of the US gold-medal winning 4x100m freestyle relay team at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy. He won the same award in 2016 as part of the gold-medal winning team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (fina.org, 22 Nov 2016; calbears.com, 26 Nov 2009)
Famous relatives
His older brother Justin competed in swimming for the University of Washington in the United States of America, while his older sister Donella swam for Arizona State University. (usmagazine.com, 13 Aug 2016; calbears.com, 26 Nov 2009)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (baltimoresun.com, 04 Jul 2017)
Other information
PATH INTO SWIMMING
He has flat feet, which affected which sports he was able to participate in as a youngster. "Unfortunately for me, whenever I had to do land sports I wasn't that good, I wasn't that efficient at running. And for jumping, it's kind of the same thing - I had to transfer a lot of energy. So, as far as swimming was concerned, it chose me." (espn.com, 24 Jun 2016)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as an ambassador for the USA Swimming Foundation, which is the charitable arm of USA Swimming. The goal of the organisation is to raise national awareness about the importance of learning to swim. (nathanadrian.com, 31 May 2014)