Melbourne, July 15: Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice is back
to her fighting fit weight of 48 kilograms that helped her win three
gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and believes that she will be
at her best when the London Olympics begin next year.
On the eve of the swimming world championships, Rice happily tweeted:
"Back down to my Olympic skinfold of 48 ... stoked!! Haven''t been that
low for 3 years."
Going into her first major championships since the Beijing Olympics,
the triple gold medallist is fighting to regain her world dominance
after shoulder surgery last September, the Daily Telegraph reports.
Rice is ranked world No.5 in the 200 meters individual medley and
No.4 in the 400 meters individual medley, her individual Olympic gold
medal events going into next week''s world championships in Shanghai.
Rice''s coach Michael Bohl said there is no pressure on the 23-year-old
star to win gold.
"She is in a real rebuilding phase at the moment," Bohl said.
Rice has prepared for the championships at an altitude camp in Mexico
and at a competition in the States. At the Santa Clara Grand Prix, her
final competition before Shanghai, she claimed her first international
victory since undergoing the shoulder surgery.
Bohl said Rice''s main aim is the London Games.
"Steph''s focus is on 2012," Bohl said. "What 2011 is about is just
trying to position yourself well for the Olympics. She is a proven
international performer. If her shoulder stays intact and her health
stays up and the hunger to want to train stays at a very high level over
the next 12 months then I am sure