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Fitness

FITNESS Olympics Special: Eight Olympic Athletes in '08

We spoke with eight extraordinary female Olympic athletes and asked them what keeps them motivated, focused, and strong. In their words, here's what it takes to achieve the ultimate dream.
Olympian Natalie Coughlin Natalie Coughlin: "I am... healthy, balanced and strong."

Age: 25
Sport: Swimming
Hometown: San Francisco
Training: Two hours in the pool twice a day, running with her dog for 45 minutes to an hour every day, and lifting weights two or three times a week. Natalie also does Pilates every day and sees a private instructor two times a week.
Olympian Tip: Competing is not life or death. Since 2004, Natalie has developed a healthier view on where swimming falls in her life.

"I'm learning to find a better balance. Because at the end of the day, it's a game -- it's supposed to be fun."

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