Nathan Adrian, Ambassador

APC Nathan Adrian HS

“I thought that everyone knew how to swim, but when I heard the statistics that 64% of African American children, 45% of Hispanic or Latino children and 40% of Caucasian children don’t know how to swim, I was shocked. I realized that I need to do my small part to make the world a better place and the USA Swimming Foundation is a great platform to make a difference.”


Nathan Adrian is an eight-time Olympic medalist and one of the most decorated American sprinters of his generation. He has played key roles in some of the fastest relay teams in history — including gold-medal-winning 4x100-meter freestyle relay performances at three consecutive Olympic Games.

From 2008 to 2019, he won gold at World Championships, Pan Pacific Championships, or the Olympics every year but one. Adrian has 16 World Championships medals (LCM) to his name (10 gold, four silver and two bronze).

A five-time individual NCAA champion, Adrian earned a degree (with honors) in public health from the University of California Berkeley in 2012. That same year, his hometown of Bremerton, Washington renamed a street “Nathan Adrian Drive.” In 2014, Adrian was inducted into The Robert Chinn Foundation Asian Hall of Fame.

Adrian has served as a USA Swimming Foundation Ambassador since 2014.

For more on Nathan's swimming career, click here.