Beard recounts her ups and downs in the 245-page memoir "In the Water They Can't See You Cry" released this week.
But an assistant coach, seeing that Beard wasn't using proper breaststroke techniques, had Beard relearn that stroke.
Beard attended the University of Arizona, where she competed for the Arizona Wildcats swimming and diving team.
She won an individual NCAA Division I championship in 2001. Olympic Swim Trials, she qualified to participate in four events at the Athens games and broke the world record in the 200-meter breaststroke.
“He never asked me what I might like to do, because he only wanted to be on Carl time,” she wrote. With the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series off this week, Edwards is on vacation and was unavailable for comment, a Roush Fenway Racing spokesman said Wednesday.
“He couldn’t imagine any other kind of time.” Edwards, who was 26 when he dated Beard, married Dr. Beard wrote in the book that she has cut ties with Edwards “severely and permanently.” She says she at first was enamored with the NASCAR lifestyle but that the excitement quickly waned.
The youngest of three daughters, she enjoyed watching her two sisters practice for the local swim team.