Amanda Ray Beard was born October 29, 1981. Beard grew up in Irvine, CA, and got her start in the pool when she was just 4. She is an American swimmer and a seven-time Olympic medalist. She became the second youngest Olympic medalist in American swimming history when at the age of 14 she won two silver medals and one gold medal at the 1996 Games. She is also model and she posed nude for Playboy Magazine in 2007. She is married to photographer Sacha Brown.