“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 a five-time Olympic gold medalist and one of the most decorated American sprinters of his generation. He’s earned the United States 32 medals (20 gold) in major international competition and has played key roles in some of the fastest relay teams in history — including gold-medal-winning 4 x 100 Meter Freestyle Relay performances at three consecutive Olympic Games.
From 2008 to 2017, he won gold at World Championships, Pan Pacific Championships, or the Olympics every year but one.
A five-time individual NCAA champion, in 2012 Nathan earned a degree (with honors) in public health from the University of California Berkeley. That same year his hometown of Bremerton, Washington renamed a street Nathan Adrian Drive. Son to a Chinese mother, in 2014 he was inducted into The Robert Chinn Foundation Asian Hall of Fame.
Nathan has served as a USA Swimming Foundation Ambassador since 2014. During that time he's been part of a wide range of events and initiatives, including Make a Splash Tour stops, National Team alumni events, and donor recognition events.
For more on Nathan's swimming career, click here.