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Natalie Coughlin taking the plunge again

Natalie Coughlin is in pursuit of more medals

Originally Published: June 9, 2011
By Viv Bernstein

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The withdrawal pangs came unexpectedly to 11-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin. The competition that had consumed her was suddenly over, and she found herself missing it -- a little too much.

Swimming? Hardly. One of the most decorated Olympians in U.S. history, Coughlin took an 18-month break from the pool after winning six medals in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing on top of the five she had won in Athens in 2004. It was a sweet indulgence Coughlin knew ...

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