Amanda Beard on Rio, 2016: I’ll watch from my couch


Seven-time Olympic swimming medalist Amanda Beard hasn’t competed since the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, and it doesn’t appear she has designs on participating in her sixth Olympic trials next year.

Beard was asked in a USA Swimming interview if she was looking forward to “Rio and 2016.”

“I am going to have front row seats on my couch!” she said. “It’ll be super fun to watch.”

Beard, 33 and a mother of 2, reportedly said last year, “The way that I look on my swimming career is as long as I’m physically capable of doing it.”

In 2012, she attempted to make her fifth straight U.S. Olympic Team but finished fifth in the 200m breaststroke and 10th in the 100m breast at the Olympic trials, where only the top two made the team for London.

Beard burst onto the scene at the Atlanta 1996 Olympics, where she won two silvers and one gold as a teddy bear-toting 14-year-old.

Only Dara Torres has made more U.S. Olympic swimming teams with five.

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