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Further Personal Information

Date of birth
07 December 1988
196 cm
Wife Hallie
Berkeley, CA, USA
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

Bok Choi (, 17 Jun 2016)
Surfing, fashion, dirt biking, jet skiing, boating, supporting American football team Seattle Seahawks. (, 28 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Gary Hall Jr. (, 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." (, 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. (, 29 Apr 2015)

He was named the 2009 Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year in the United States of America. (, 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. (, 22 Nov 2016;, 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. (, 13 Aug 2016;, 26 Nov 2009)
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 24 Jan 2019)
Other information
In January 2019 he announced that he had been diagnosed with testicular cancer. "Recently, I went to the doctor as something didn't seem quite right. After a few tests and visits with a specialist, I unfortunately learned that I have testicular cancer. On the bright side, we caught it early, I have already started treatment and the prognosis is good." He underwent two operations and In May 2019 he announced that he had recovered and was returning to competition. (, 14 May 2019;, 24 Jan 2019)

He has flat feet, which affected the type of 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." (, 24 Jun 2016)