Nathan Adrian grew up in Bremerton, Washington before moving to Berkeley, California to get a degree in public health and travel the world as one of the top swimmers in the country.
Adrian graduated with honors from UC Berkeley in 2012 and along the way became an 11-time NCAA champion, led UC Berkeley to its first NCAA team title in 31 years, Pac-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and a recipient of the Neufeld Scholar-Athlete Award, which is given to the graduating athlete with the highest cumulative GPA.
Adrian is a three-time Olympian (2008, 2012, and 2016), holding five Olympic gold medals. Adrian’s Olympic pursuit has been meaningful to his family heritage, as well. His mother, originally from Hong Kong, first visited mainland China to watch him compete at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
When he is not in the pool, Adrian is actively involved with the Salvation Army’s “Red Kettle Campaign.” He has taken on the role of spokesperson and promotes sponsor product launches (such as the launch of the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE). Adrian has had feature appearances at Fashion Week, the Oscars, and the Emmys to represent sponsors and charities. He has appeared on Mythbusters, Access Hollywood, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The Today Show, and numerous magazine publications.
In addition to continuing his swimming career, Adrian aspires to become a leader in public health and to influence policy and patient care.