Rice ready to race

21 July 2012

Stephanie Rice is a racer.

It’s what keeps her focussed as she continues her preparation for the London Games at the team’s training base in Manchester.

Rice freely admits that her preparation for these Games as been the ‘hardest thing’ she has had to do – a chronic shoulder injury testing her dedication and persistence on more than one occasion.

Even being in London is an achievement.

But with her competition now a week away, the three-time Beijing gold medallist is now firmly focussed on defending her titles- the 200m and 400m individual medleys and 4x200m freestyle relay.

“I’ve had to change things around a bit – I simply haven’t been able to do the six or seven kilometre sessions I did prior to Beijing,” she said.

“The shoulder only lets me do about five k’s a session. It doesn’t sound much difference but by the end of a training week it can be around 15 or 20 k’s I didn’t do.”

“I’ve done lots of gym work to substitute – cross training and running. My body is certainly a different shape than it was in Beijing,” she added.

Rice is looking forward to getting to London and soaking in all the excitement of the Village and all it has to offer. But she knows that once she gets there, it will all be about controlling her preparation.

“The good thing for me is that I race in the first morning of the meet. I’m into it straight away so I won't be waiting around wondering what’s going to happen,” she said.

Damian Kelly in Manchester
Olympics.com.au

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