A gold-medalist at 14, three Olympics later… Amanda Beard is still making splash! Amanda has quite become a sex-symbol rather than a swimming idol. See Amanda Beard photos, biography, and videos here.
Apart from modeling and winning medals for her phenomenal swimming, Amanda Beard is a GoDaddy girl. Check out her blog here.
Amanda Ray Beard is an American Olympic swimmer and model.
Beard made her first Olympic appearance at the 1996 games at the age of 14, while a student at Irvine High School in Irvine, California. She won silver medals in the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststrokes, and a gold in the medley relay. Her young-teen manner captured the attention of the media, and she was often photographed clutching her teddy bear which joined her on the medal stand.
Her modeling work through photos in swim-wear, including bikinis, have been in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. She is a spokesperson for Defenders of Wildlife, and she enjoys interior decorating.
Beard previously dated South African swimmer, Ryk Neethling and NASCAR Nextel Cup Driver, Carl Edwards. She is currently dating photographer Sacha Brown.
I remember her being shot to fame when she was featured on the cover of the September 2004 issue of FHM magazine that was titled the “Sexy Olympic special”. Her shoot was widely criticized as many thought it saddened the spirit of the sport.
‘Sexiest Athlete In The World’?
You gotta look at someone like Maria Sharapova, Anna Kournikova, Danica Patrick. You have tons of beautiful athletes out there. So I don’t really consider myself the hottest one. I just consider myself one among many. It’s a cool honor, it’s fun, it’s flattering but on a day-to-day basis it’s not the most important thing to me.
Well, Playboy people think so!