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Olympic Information

  • 2008 Beijing - 5th
  • 2004 Athens - 4th
  • 2000 Sydney - 1st
  • 1996 Atlanta - 3rd

Recent Performances

  • 1st - 2012 Continental Cup (Fuzhou, China)
  • 25th - 2012 FIVB Rome World Tour (Rome, Italy)
  • 9th - 2012 FIVB Moscow World Tour (Moscow, Russia)
  • 9th - 2012 FIVB Beijing World Tour (Beijing, China)
  • 9th - 2012 FIVB Shanghai World Tour (Shanghai, China)
  • 17th - 2012 FIVB Sanya World Tour (Sanya, China)
  • 25th - 2012 FIVB Brasilia World Tour (Brasilia, Brazil)
  • 9th - 2011 FIVB Phuket World Tour (Phuket, Thailand)

Career Highlights

  • Winning gold at the Sydney 2000 Olympics
  • Winning silver at the 1996 World Championships in Brazil
  • Winning bronze at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics

Interesting Facts

  • Natalie Cook will become the only athlete ever to compete in all five Olympic Games in beach volleyball since the introduction of the sport at the 1996 Games. She will also make history as the first Australian woman to compete at five Olympic Games.
  • She made her Olympic debut alongside Kerri Pottharst as the pair brought home bronze from Atlanta. Four years later they became one of of the lasting images of the Sydney 2000 Games when they claimed gold on the sands of Bondi Beach. The consecutive medals remain the only medals Australia has won in the sport at the Games.
  • Cook has won five Australian Championships with three different partners, including three consecutive titles with Pottharst (2001, 2002 and 2003), and one each with Nicole Sanderson (2004) and Tamsin Hinchley (2006).
  • Cook and Sanderson won bronze at the 2003 World Championships and went on to finish fourth at the Athens Games despite Cook carrying a shoulder injury throughout the tournament. She linked up with Tamsin Hinchley in 2007 and went on to compete at the Beijing Games where the pair bowed out in the quarter-finals to the Brazilian pairing.
  • Having split to test new combinations at the start of 2011, Cook and Hinchley reunited less than a year out from the Games. Despite not making the top 16 to gain automatic qualification for the Games, the pair won the Continental Cup in China to confirm Cook's record breaking effort. Off the court, Cook runs her own business 'Sandstorm' with a mission to build as many sandpits as she can around Australia and the world, in a bid to promote the sport of beach volleyball and provide opportunities for the youth to follow in her footsteps.

Sport

Years on national team

17

Coach

Steve Anderson (1994 - current)

Primary Training Base

Brisbane, Australia

Club

Sandstorm Beach Club (QLD, Australia)

Institute/Academy

Queensland Academy of Sport, Brisbane

Education

Primary

Heatley State School Townsville (QLD, Australia)

Secondary

Corinda State High Brisbane (QLD, Australia)


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