- First U.S. woman to win Olympic gold in the 200m breaststroke
- 8 U.S. National titles
- Olympic Experience and motivation
- Fashion & Style
- Health & Fitness
- Reveals the truth about her struggle with depression despite her incredible success in the pool
- Breast Cancer Awareness
- Overcoming Depression, Eating Disorders, Self-Mutilation / Cutting
Amanda Beard, world record holder and gold medalist in the 200m breaststroke, silver medalist in both the 100m Breaststroke and 4×100 medley relay at the World Championships. Swept both breaststrokes and swam the breast leg of the women’s 400m medley relay… won her fifth U.S. National title, taking the 200m IM in a personal best at the CP Spring Nationals
Broke the American record in the 200m breast (scm) at the second World Cup stop … won the 100m and 200m breast at Pan Pacific Championships; swam the breast leg on the silver medal-winning 400m medley relay … won the 200m breast and was third in the 100m breast at the P66 Summer Nationals …silver medalist on American record-breaking 400m medley relay and was fourth in 100m and 200m breast, fifth in 100m IM and sixth in 50m breast at Short Course World Championships.
Bronze medalist in 200m breast at Olympic Games … was second in 200m breast and eighth in 100m breast at Olympic Trials … was runner-up in 200m breast and fourth in 100m breast at NCAA Championships.
Amanda Beard made her first Olympic appearance at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games at the age of 14, while a student.
She won silver medals in the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststrokes, and gold in the medley relay. Her young-teen manner captured the attention of the media, and she was often photographed clutching her teddy bear, even on the medal stand.
She won a bronze medal in the 200-meter breaststroke at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
At the Athens Olympic Games in 2004, Amanda won her first individual gold medal in the 200-meter breaststroke and a silver medal in the 200-meter individual medley.
She is the winner of eight United States National titles – three times in both the 200m breaststroke and the 100m breaststroke, plus twice in the 200m individual medley – and she was ranked first in a world for 200m breaststrokers in 2003.
Amanda spends much of her time doing appearances for her Olympic Sponsors, speaking engagements for Breast Cancer awareness and talking with young swimmers throughout about overcoming obstacles and setting high goals.
Olympic Experience and motivation,
Breast Cancer Awareness,
Fashion and Style,
Health & Fitness
She has built her portfolio by modeling, helping swimwear company Aqua Sphere develop their brand positioning and is part owner of a line of skincare products for active people.
Books by Amanda Beard