Olympic princess of the pool
Heralded as Australia’s “Princess of the Pool”, Stephanie Rice emerged from the 2008 Beijing Olympics as a genuine sports star.
Not just content with winning three Olympic Gold medals at the Games, she also broke the world record – three times!
Stephanie Rice’s victories at the 2008 Games include: Gold and world record in the 400m Individual Medley, 200m Individual Medley and 4x200m Freestyle Relay.
Stephanie Rice grew up in Brisbane and was barely known before she hit the pool for the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
Aged just 18 at the time, she seemingly came from nowhere to win Gold medals in the 200-metres and 400m individual medleys.
In 2007, Rice consolidated her achievements with third placings in both medley events at the World
Championships in Melbourne, proving she was a bona fide world-class performer. In both races she finished behind American teenager Katie Hoff.
Her debut at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 proved that Stephanie Rice is a force to be reckoned with in coming years.