Amanda Beard is an American swimmer. She is also known by her married name as Amanda Brown. She is a former world record holder in the 200-meter breaststroke (long course) and won seven Olympic medals (two gold, four silver, one bronze).
Beard is born on October 29, 1981 in Newport Beach, California. She made her first Olympic appearance at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games at the age of 14. At the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, Beard won a bronze a medal in the 200-meter breaststroke. At the 2004 U.S. Olympic Swim Trials she won the gold medal in the 200 m breaststroke.
As a model Amanda Beard has appeared in the FHM, the 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and the July 2007 issue of Playboy magazine, in which she posed nude. made her first television commercial for GoDaddy entitled "Shock" in Nov 2007.
Beard released an autobiography entitled "In the Water They Can't See You Cry: A Memoir" on April 3, 2012. In the book she explains the title's significance as the sensation of putting her face in the water while swimming to hide any tears she shed into her goggles.
Beard also received the American Swimmer of the Year Award twice. She has won a total of twenty-one medals in major international competition.