SI: Where are you
in your preparation for Beijing?
where I want to be. Right after the 2004 Olympics I took a bit of a break. I
was training, but I wasn't exactly excited to be training. Now I've got all
that motivation back.
SI: You won two
golds, two silvers and a bronze in Athens. The attention span of America is
short. How difficult is it to capitalize on a gold medal?
was that sense of urgency that I needed to do as many appearances as possible
right after the Olympics. But so many of them were really fun. I didn't see it
as pressure, but my schedule was incredibly hectic.
SI: What sport
could the average American beat you in?
Baseball. My hand-eye coordination is not very good. You lose that when you are
in the water. Or running. We used to do sprints at Cal in front of the track
team. It was so embarrassing. They were like, The mermaids are here! We're not
very good on land.
SI: Is it fun
being the daughter of a police sergeant?
Coughlin: When I
was younger it was a lot cooler--I learned how to shoot a gun. Now I go home
and try to watch a Law & Order episode, and my dad won't shut up about how
"that's not protocol."
SI: The one
athlete you'll stop and watch every time you see him or her on TV?
Tyson. I like the crazy athletes, the ones with tons of drama. We don't have
them in swimming, which is probably a good thing.