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 Date of Birth:  March 3, 1983
 Place of Birth: Bellevue, Washington
 Residence: Seattle
 Height:
 6'2"
 Weight:
 180 lbs.
 Years on national team: 1

When Nathan O'Brien won the men's 200 backstroke at the Olympic trials to upset Canadian record holder Keith Beavers and beat the Olympic qualifying standard most Canadian swim fans went Nathan Who?

"It was a sub-two-minute time, a personal best to make my first international team," said O'Brien, 21, now a second-generation Olympian.

His mother, Lisa O'Brien, swam for Canada at the 1976 Montreal Olympics and was 12th in the 800 freestyle. She was coached by Ron Jacks, who is also O'Brien's Canadian coach at the National Sport Centre in Victoria. His father Tom also swam for Stanford while his grandfather played football at the University of Washington.

O'Brien has lived most of his life in the United States but only started swimming competitively six years ago. He studies government and swims at the University of Texas, where he was a two-time all-American and set an NCAA mark in the 200 backstroke in his freshman year.

2004 Games Swimming Coverage
Does Canada's low-medal haul in Athens bother you?
Yes, it depresses me
No, it's just sports
I'm disappointed, but not worried
We'll get 'em in Turin
Don't care

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