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Stephanie Rice


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Stephanie Rice, born 17 June 1988 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia is a swimmer. She currently holds the world record in the 400 meter women's individual medley, and won three gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Rice is trained by Michael Bohl from the St Peters Western Swimming Club in Brisbane. She was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia on 26 January 2009. Rice burst onto the international stage in 2006, when, at just 17, she won gold in the 200 & 400 meter individual medley at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games. She followed that success in 2007 with two bronze medals in the same events at the World Swimming Championships, also held in Melbourne. In 2008, Rice cemented her dominance in both individual medleys and as the lead off swimmer in the 4x200 meter freestyle relay team, with the stunning haul of three Olympic Gold medals and three World records. She also took home the title of Most outstanding female athlete at the Beijing Olympics and was honoured to be Australia’s flag-bearer during the closing ceremony.

In Beijing, Rice won three gold medals, each in world record time, in the 200 meter and 400 meter individual medleys and in the 4 × 200 meter freestyle relay. In winning the 400 meter individual medley, Rice won her first Olympic medal, Australia's first gold medal of the games and their 400th Summer Olympic medal. Recording a time of 4:29.45, she reclaimed the world record from Hoff, bettering the mark by 1.67 seconds, and became the first woman to break the 4:30 mark in the event. Kirsty Coventry also went under 4:30 in taking the silver. Her second gold medal of the games came on 13 August in the 200 meter individual medley with a new world record time of 2:08.34. Rice prevailed after being neck and neck with Coventry throughout the last 50 meters, who once again followed Rice to beat the old world record.

On 14 August she won her third gold medal as part of the 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay team. She led off the team and Australia were in second place at the end of her leg. Following the Beijing Olympics in 2008, she was named World Swimmer of the Year, Telstra Australian Swimmer of the Year, Pacific Rim Swimmer of the Year and Queensland Sportswoman of the Year. She was also awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia. In 2009 Rice won two silver and one bronze medal at the World Swimming Championships in Rome. In September 2010, Stephanie underwent surgery on her right shoulder to remove an inflamed bursa, which saw her withdraw from the 2010 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships and the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. She underwent several months of intensive rehabilitation including regular physiotherapy, and her training schedule was changed to light swimming and dry land training, before she made a gradual return to her pre-surgery training schedule.

Her first competition after surgery was at the Queensland State Championships in December 2010, followed by the NSW State Swimming Championships in February 2011. At the National Championships at Sydney Olympic Park in April 2011 - her first major meet since shoulder surgery - Stephanie won the 400 meter individual medley and came second in the 100 meter butterfly, 200 meter butterfly & 200 meter individual medley. Rice secured the most individual swims of the Australian team for the Shanghai World Championships but made the decision to drop the 100 meter butterfly to concentrate on the individual medley. In June 2011 Stephanie spent three weeks in Mexico training at high altitude before competing in the Santa Clara International Swim Meet. Stephanie won gold at this meet in the 400 meter individual medley with a time of 4:36.5 which was the 3rd fastest time in the world this year. At the 2011 World Swimming Championships in Shanghai in July 2011, her first major International meet since 2009, Stephanie won 2 Bronze medals. One for the 400 meter individual medley in a time of 4:34.23 and another for the 4 x 100 meter medley relay. Stephanie came 4th in the 200 meter individual medley and 5th in the 200 meter butterfly, her 2 other individual events.

Currently her focus is on the London 2012 Olympics. Rice trains at the St Peters Western Club in the inner western suburbs of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia under the guidance of head coach, Michael Bohl, who was awarded the Australian Swim Coach of the Year in 2008. When she is not training, Stephanie enjoys spending time relaxing and eating out with friends, watching movies, listening to music, ten pin bowling and playing mini golf. Rice attended Clayfield College in her high school years in Brisbane, Queensland. She was romantically linked with fellow Australian swimmer and 50 meter freestyle world-record-holder Eamon Sullivan. They ended their 2 year relationship in July 2008, just prior to the Beijing Olympics. The couple lived in separate states of Australia - Sullivan in WA and Rice in Queensland and the stress of living so far apart and the impending Olympics caused the split, but have conceded that the two are still good friends.

In September 2010, Rice came under fire when she made remark that was considered homophobic on Twitter following a Rugby Union match in which the Australian Wallabies defeated the South African Springboks. Rice's Twitter message said "Suck on that faggots!". Rice later removed the remark and apologised for it; however, Rice's sponsor Jaguar severed all ties with her and requested the return of a loan vehicle. Stephanie Rice is now sponsored by SunRice.

See more at: www.stephanierice.com.au

source: www.wikipedia.org







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