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Amanda Beard

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Swimmer, model, Playboy cover hottie -- Amanda Beard does it all. Beard made her national debut at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta at just 14 years old. She captured silver medals in the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststrokes that year, as well as a gold medal in the medley relay.

After nabbing a bronze medal in the 200-meter breaststroke in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Beard attend Arizona University and captured an individual NCAA National Championship in 2001. Just two years later in 2003, she became a world champion and world record holder in the 200-meter breaststroke.

In the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Beard tied her previous three medal wins with a gold in the 200-meter breaststroke, and silvers in the 200-meter individual medley and 4x100-meter medley relay.

For her swimming career, Beard has won eight United States titles, including three each in the 200-meter and 100-meter breaststroke, as well as twice in the 200-meter individual medley. She also had a number one ranking in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2003.

In addition to dominating in swimming, Beard has appeared on the cover of the September 2004 issue of FHM, as well as the July 2007 issue of Playboy. Wait, she’s a great swimmer and is smoking hot – too good to be true, right?

Please, save us the “breaststroke” comments in relation to the Playboy reference, and check out the web guide we put together below.


Amanda on the web

Amanda Beard Online
Amanda’s official site has a biography, rankings, photos, news articles, accomplishments and goals.

United States Olympic Profile: Amanda Beard
Photos, videos, quotes and a “Did You Know?” section dedicated to Amanda at the official site of the United States Olympic team.

Amanda Beard Pics and Videos
An entire site dedicated to all the latest articles, photos and videos of Amanda Beard.

Women of Sports
No articles, interviews or features – just Amanda Beard in mostly nothing but a bathing suit. Check out more than 40 pics of Amanda Beard at Women of Sports-wired.com.


News and Commentary

For Beard, it’s out of the pool and into the pages of Playboy
Amanda appeared in the July 2007 issue of Playboy, billed as “the world’s sexiest athlete nude.”

Naked opinions fly after Beard graces Playboy’s cover
Apparently not everybody thinks Amanda Beard baring all in the July 2007 issue of Playboy was a good idea. We know – unthinkable right?

FHM Photoshoot: Amanda Beard
Missed Amanda’s September 2004 FHM cover shots? Not too worry. Check out all the pictures here at FHM.com.

Beard wins first gold in 200 breaststroke
Amanda Beard collected her sixth career Olympic medal in the 2004 Athens games with a victory in the 200-meter breaststroke.

Olympic star building a bright business career
Amanda Beard has taken opportunities like modeling to show that she can be just as successful out of the pool as in it.

Olympic Swimmer Amanda Beard
Amanda Beard sits down with About.com to discuss everything swimming.

Beard wins hottest female of ‘05
Amanda won ESPN Page 2’s Hottest Female Athlete of 2005 Award, which is dedicated to, well, we think you can figure out what it’s dedicated to.