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Friday, May 6, 2011
Natalie Coughlin says just be real

By Adena Andrews

In the Pro's Questionnaire, our favorite sports figures take an abridged version of the famous personality test, the Proust Questionnaire. Olympic gold medal swimmer Natalie Coughlin is next. She talks about her dogs, wanting to fly and her love of entertaining.

Your main fault:
Natalie Coughlin: I'm pretty stubborn.

Your idea of happiness:
NC: Balance.

What is your idea of misery:
NC: Being overwhelmed with all my things in life and not getting anything done.

If not yourself, who would you want to be:
NC: I'm happy with who I am.

Your favorite food/drink:
NC: A little packet of dried plums for snacking and coffee.

Hero/heroine you admire the most:
NC: Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse restaurant. She has done lots of stuff for the public school system to teach kids about where their food comes from.

What do you hate most:
NC: People who are fake. Just be honest and don't pretend to be like someone else.

The natural talent you'd like to be gifted with:
NC: Flying like Superman.

Your present state of mind:
NC: Really calm and happy to be home.

Your greatest fear:
NC: Having everything taken away from me, whether it be from accident or injury.

Your greatest extravagance:
NC: I have a bar in my house. I love to entertain.

Your most treasured possession:
NC: My dogs. I have a border terrier named Sheera and an American bulldog named Doozer.