1996 Atlanta Games, 2000 Sydney Games, 2004 Athens Games, 2008 Beijing Games
Medal count: Two golds, four silvers, one bronze
Beard's Olympic career began when she was just 14 years old at the '96 Atlanta games, where she won gold in the 4x100 medley. She added two silvers, becoming the second-youngest swimmer to medal in the Olympics. Beard returned in 2000, winning a bronze in the 200-meter breaststroke, and won three more medals – including a gold in the 200 breaststroke – in 2004.