- Great swimmer from Australia (also known as AUS) heading into the 2008 Olympics in Beijing
- Competitor with Katie Hoff United States (also known as USA) .
- nationality = Australia (also known as AUS)
- club = St Peters Western Swimming Club
- birthdate = 1988|6|17
- birthplace =Queensland
- 200 m individual medley = 3rd
- 400 m individual medley = 3rd
- gold = 200 m individual medley
- gold = 400 m individual medley
Stephanie Rice (born 17 June 1988 in Queensland), is a swimmer from Brisbane, Australia, who holds the world record in the 200 meter individual medley in 2008. Rice is trained by Michael Bohl from the St Peters Western Swimming Club.
She is a Commonwealth Gold medalist in the 200 metres Individual Medley from the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia where she defeated Olympians Brooke Hanson and Lara Carroll to claim the gold medal in the event in a time of 2:12.90, a personal best by 1.19 sec. She also won the 400m individual medley.
At the 2007 Melbourne World Championships she won a bronze medal in the 200m individual medley in a time of 2 minutes 11.42 seconds, breaking the previous Australian record by a second. American Katie Hoff won the gold in 2:10.13, with Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe in second place. Rice once again placed third, earning her second bronze medal in the 400m individual medley final. In a new personal best time Rice finished in 4:41.19, taking .54sec off her previous best.
Rice continued her strong performance, setting a new personal best time in the 400m individual medley at an Italian meet in June 2007. Rice went a 4:40.79, edging closer to the elusive 4:40 barrier in the event. At the 2007 Japanese Open Championships, Rice smashed her personal best time in the 400m individual medley and finally cracked the 4:40 barrier. In placing second to Zimbabwean champion, Kirsty Coventry, Rice set a new Australian and Commonwealth record of 4:37.18 - a personal best by 3.61sec.
At the 2008 Australian Olympic trials, Rice broke the world record in the 400m individual medley. Rice stopped the clock at 4 minutes 31.46 seconds to carve 1.43 seconds off American Katie Hoff's mark of 4:32.89. Rice claimed her second world record of the meet, when she broke the 200m individual medley world record, clocking 2 minutes 8.92 seconds to slash almost a full second off the previous record held by China's Wu Yanyan.
At the 2008 Olympics in Bejing Rice will swim the 200m IM and 400m individual medley and will most likely earn a berth in the 4x200m freestyle relay. Her main rivals in the events are expected to be Kirsty Coventry and Katie Hoff.
As of the 2006 Commonwealth Games, Rice has been dating 50m Freestyle world record holder Eamon Sullivan. Recently Rice and Sullivan have become the new faces and bodies in a six digit deal with underwear giant Davenport.
- ↑ Template:Citation/make link. The Age. 2008-03-22. http://www.theage.com.au/news/swimming/rice-seebohm-break-world-records/2008/03/22/1205602729464.html. Retrieved 2008-03-22.
- ↑ Template:Citation/make link. 2008-03-25. http://www.smh.com.au/news/beijing2008/rice-claims-200m-world-record-in-sydney/2008/03/25/1206207102100.html. Retrieved 2008-03-25.
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