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Olympic Information

  • 2008 Beijing - 1st (200m individual medley), 1st (400m individual medley); 1st (4x200m freestyle)

Recent Performances

  • 1st (400m IM) - 2012 National Championships (Adelaide, Australia)
  • 1st (200m IM) - 2012 National Championships (Adelaide, Australia)
  • 3rd (4x100m medley) - 2011 World Championships (Shanghai, China)
  • 3rd (400m IM) - 2011 World Championships (Shanghai, China)
  • 5th (200m butterfly) - 2011 World Championships (Shanghai, China)
  • 1st (400m IM) - 2011 National Championships (Sydney, Australia)
  • 2nd (200m butterfly) - 2011 National Championships (Sydney, Australia)
  • 2nd (200m IM) - 2011 National Championships (Sydney, Australia)

Career Highlights

  • Winning three gold medals and breaking three world records at the Beijing 2008 Olympics
  • Breaking two world records at the 2008 National Championships
  • Winning two gold medals at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games

Interesting Facts

  • At the age of 20, Stephanie Rice joined legendary Olympic company, becoming just the seventh Australian to win three gold medals at a single Games. In world record time, Rice won the 200m and 400m individual medleys, then led her little-known teammates - Linda MacKenzie, Bronte Barratt and Kylie Palmer - to unexpected victory in the 4 x 200m freestyle final. The girls took more than five seconds off the world record and beat the US team in an event they had never before lost. Rice's victory in the Olympic 400m represented Australia's first gold medal in Beijing's Water Cube, and the medal was the nation's 400th in Olympic history. She was given the honour of carrying the flag at the Games' Closing Ceremony.
  • Following the Olympics in 2008, Rice was named World Swimmer of the Year, 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.
  • She went on to win three medals at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, but a shoulder injury saw her withdraw from the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. Recovering from the surgery she was back in the pool competing two months later. In July 2011, Rice competed at the World Championships in Shanghai - her first major swim meet since the surgery where she claimed two bronze medals.
  • Just a few months after further shoulder surgery, Rice contested the 200m and 400m individual medley races at the 2012 National Championships, winning both, earning selection to her second Olympic Team and reasserting herself as a real medal contender for London.
  • Rice impressed as a junior, winning 10 gold, seven silver and three bronze medals at three Australian under-age championships. She made her international debut at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, winning the 200m and 400m individual medley events. She followed that success in 2007 with two bronze medals in the same events at the World Championships, also in Melbourne.


Years on national team



Michael Bohl (2003 - current)

Primary Training Base

St Peters Lutheran College (QLD, Australia)


St Peters Western


Queensland Academy of Sport, Brisbane



St Margarets (QLD, Australia)


Clayfield College (QLD, Australia)

Swimming Team

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