By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on April 29, 2014
The world lost a great athlete in early April when Australian Olympian Stephanie Rice decided to call it a career. The good news for us is that she is still active on her social media profiles, specifically Instagram. That means that even though Rice won’t be competing anymore, we still get to see the incredibly attractive swimmer in all her gorgeousness.
Rice jumped onto the scene in 2006 when she defeated Olympians Brooke Hanson and Lara Carroll on her way to a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.
She continued her success at the 2007 Melbourne World Championships where she took home the bronze medal in the 200 meter and 400 meter individual medley.
Later that year, she crushed her previous best time in the 400m individual medley while in competition at the 2007 Japanese Open Championships. Her time of 4 minutes 37.17 seconds set a new Australian and Commonwealth record.
By far and away, 2008 was Rice’s best year as a professional swimmer. At the Australian Olympic trials, she broke the world record in the 400m individual medley with a time of 4 minutes 31.46 seconds.
At the same Australian Olympic trials, Rice also set the world record in the 200m individual medley with a time of 2 minutes and 8.92 seconds.
The 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing couldn’t come fast enough as Rice was on a path of success. Her first gold medal of the Beijing Olympics occurred in the 400m individual medley. Her time of 4 minutes and 29.45 seconds set a new mark for the world record. She also became the first woman to do better than 4 minutes and 30 seconds in Olympic history.
Rice’s second gold medal of the Beijing Olympics came after she set a new world record time of 2 minutes and 8.45 seconds in the 200m individual medley.
She won her third and final Olympic gold medal by being a part of the 4 x 200m freestyle relay team. Rice led off, with her team finishing strong enough to set a world record time of 7 minutes and 44.31 seconds.
Due to her astonishing success, she was named the 2008 Telstra Australian Swimmer of the Year, Swimming World Magazine’s female World Swimmer of the Year, Pacific Rim Swimmer of the Year and Queensland Sportswoman of the Year. She also received the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2008.
Rice grew up in Brisbane, Queensland. She attended Clayfield College during her high school years.
She broke up with Australian swimmer Eamon Sullivan in 2008 after dating for two years because she wanted to keep her focus on the Beijing Olympics. It’s also been noted that the couple lived on in separate states in Australia, which made their relationship even more difficult.
Along with being a professional swimmer, Rice did modeling as well. Her beautiful looks mixed with her unbelievable talent made her a prime advertising magnet in Australia.
Rice enjoys mini golf and ten-pin bowling in her free time. She’s also a big-time movie buff.
She won season 3 of The Celebrity Apprentice Australia in 2013.
A video was released on YouTube of Rice announcing her retirement, which became official on April 9, 2014.
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