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Name: Amanda Ray Beard
Birth Date: October 29, 1981
Birth Place: Newport Beach, CA, United States
Amanda Ray Beard
was born on October 29, 1981, in Irvine, California,
land of perpetual sun and crystalline blue pools.
She grew up admiring her older sisters, Leah
and Taryn, both of whom swam competitively at
local clubs. To impress them, Amanda began jumping
in the pool as early as four years of age. It
has been a love affair with water ever since.
With her placement on the 2004 Olympic team
in Athens at age 22, Amanda Beard is already
a three-time Olympian. She became the second
youngest Olympic medalist in American swimming
history when at the age of 14 she won two silver
medals and one gold medal at the 1996 Games.
In 2000, she added a bronze medal in the 200-meter
breaststroke to her Olympic credits. At the
Olympic Trials in Long Beach, she broke the
world record in that same event. She will be
one to watch in Athens. Beard currently resides
in Tuscon, Ariz., where she is pursuing a degree
in retail and consumer science at the University
of Arizona. She turned professional in 2001
and swims with the Tuscon Ford Dealer Aquatics
If breaking the world record couldn't prepare
Amanda for the 2004 Olympics, nothing would.
She had also seized the media spotlight again.
Leading up to the Games, she was no longer America's
darling, but a foxy pin-up, a sex symbol of
the hard-bodied athletic world. She appeared
in FHM with other Olympic hotties; posters of
her in swimming garb sold like hotcakes.
Suddenly, Amanda was the Internet's most downloaded
female athlete, surpassing mega-babe Anna Kournikova.
With her visibility at an all-time high, Amanda
jacked it up even further, winning the gold
in the 200-meter breaststroke at Athens.
Today, event organizers continue to battle to
land cameo appearances from Amanda, which, to
date, have ranged from opening the NASDAQ and
a Dodgers game to appearing at a NASCAR race
and on The Howard Stern Show
Amanda, however, has not lost sight of what
landed her in the public eye to begin with.
She continues to swim five hours a day when
she's not studying business at the University
of Arizona or speaking in defense of endangered
The 25-year-old Brazilian model boasts three
significant long-term contracts--Victoria's
Secret, Maybelline and Telecom Italia Mobile,
Italy's mega-cellphone carrier. The former girlfriend
of rocker Lenny Kravitz is now reportedly dating
Prince Wence of Lichtenstein, heir to a royal
fortune Forbes estimates at $4 billion.
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