Stephanie Rice is one of Australia’s most successful Olympians and one of the world’s most recognizable athletes.
Stephanie burst onto the international stage in 2006, when, at just 17, she won gold in the 200 & 400 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 in Melbourne.
In 2008, Stephanie Rice cemented her dominance in both Individual medleys and as the lead off swimmer in the 4×200 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.
Following the Beijing Olympics in 2008, Stephanie 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, she also won two Silver and one Bronze medal at the World Swimming Championships in Rome.
In September 2010, Stephanie Rice 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.
Stephanie 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 400m Individual Medley 04:38:61.
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 400m Individual Medley with a time of 4:36.5 which was the 3rd fastest time swum in the world that year.
At the 2011 World Swimming Championships in Shanghai (July 2011) her first major International meet since 2009, Stephanie won 2 Bronze medals, for the 400m Individual Medley and for the 4 x 100m Medley Relay. Stephanie came 4th in the 200m Individual Medley and 5th in the 200m Butterfly, her 2 other Individual events.
At the Australian Swimming Championships in March 2012, Stephanie came first in the 400m Individual Medley with a time of 4:34.23. She also came second in the 200m Individual Medley with a time of 2:06.08.
Stephanie trained at the St Peters Western Club in the inner western suburbs of Brisbane, Queensland, 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.
At the end of 2012 Stephanie made the decision to move to Sydney indefinitely.
2013 is set to be a big year for Stephanie. In January it was announced that Stephanie will be joining the TODAY show family as their official health and fitness reporter. She has 110,044 followers on Twitter, and 90,130 likes on Facebook.