In Bremerton, Wash., suitably close to the YMCA, a small street bears the name Nathan Adrian Drive. When unveiled in 2012, it was a rare honor for a 23-year-old. But given Nathan Adrian’s already stellar swimming career – and his continued promise for more Olympic gold this summer in Rio – it’s been a well-deserved honor for this hometown hero!
Swimming Since Pre-School
Born in 1988, Nathan Ghar-jun Adrian was set for a life of swimming right from the start. His older siblings were active in the sport, prompting Nathan to start swimming at age five.
Adrian continued swimming until he found his way to the UC Berkeley swim team in 2006. While majoring in public health, he became a five-time NCAA champion. Though he took time off to train at The Race Club under acclaimed Coach Mike Bottom, Adrian ultimately graduated with honors in 2012.
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Adrian’s slot on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team came as little surprise. In the three months prior, he’d established himself as a top-tier sprinter, winning gold in both the 100-meter freestyle at the World Short Course Championship and the 50-meter freestyle at the Omaha Invitation. In the latter meet, he out-swam the entire podium from that event at the 2004 Athens Games!
At the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, he earned his first gold medal as part of the 100-meter relay team. At the 2012 London Olympics, he earned another gold medal in this same event.
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