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Megan Jones of Australia and Irish Jester go through the water jump during the Eventing Cross Country event held at the Hong Kong Olympic Equestrian Venue at Beas River on Day 3 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 11, 2008 in Hong Kong, China.

Australian equestrian stalwart Megan Jones says retiring her beloved horse from eventing competition was a gut-wrenching decision.

Mountain biker Katherine O'Shea is the first athlete to be placed as part of the new Olympic Athlete Career Program.

A new program to assist Olympic athletes to transition from sport to the workplace was launched in Melbourne this morning by the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) and the Adecco Group who have partnered in a determined bid to transition elite athletes into elite professionals.

Olympic swimmer Susie O'Neill and hockey player Nikki Hudson talk to students at John Paul College as part of the AOC's Talk to a Champ program on August 11, 2011.

Olympic gold medallists Susie O’Neill, Linda MacKenzie and Nikki Hudson are touring Queensland to chat with secondary school students about sport and life as part of the Australian Olympic Committee’s (AOC) Talk to a Champ program.

Lauren Mitchell competes on the beam at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Hometown favourite Lauren Mitchell backed up her win in the all-around to take out three of the four apparatus honours on the final night of the women's national gymnastics championships in Perth.

Lee Troop competes in the Men's Marathon held at the National Stadium during Day 16 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 24, 2008 in Beijing, China.

Lee Troop is out to seal a berth at his fourth successive Olympic Games with a strong performance in Sunday's Gold Coast marathon.

Megan Jones and Irish Jester go through the water jump during the Cross Country section of the Equestrian event at the Beas River Equestrian Venue on Day 3 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 11, 2008 in Hong Kong, China.

Olympic equestrian silver medallist Megan Jones is loading up her horses and taking them to Murray Bridge on Thursday 23 June as part of the Australian Olympic Committee’s Olympic Day celebrations.

Daniel Noonan, Brendan Long, James McRae and Chris Morgan compete in the Men's Quadruple Sculls Heat 1 at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park during Day 2 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 10, 2008 in Beijing, China.

The 2011 Australian men’s rowing quad, led by 2008 Olympian Dan Noonan, is taking time out from training on the Huon River in Tasmania to visit a local primary school as part of the AOC's Olympic Day celebrations.

Clint Robinson and Jacob Clear compete in the K2 500m at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Alana Nicholls capped a big day for the Australian canoeing team by winning a gold medal at the World Cup meet in Racice, Czech Republic.

Scott Robertson and Matthew Mitcham with their gold medals after winning the Boy's 3 Metre Synchronised diving event during at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in 2005.

The NSWIS diving “dream team” has gold and silver Olympic medals in the trophy cabinet and eyes more at the London Olympic Games.

470 gold medallists Tessa Parkinson (Beijing 2008) and Belinda Stowell (Sydney 2000) will combine to hunt for gold in 2012.

Tessa Parkinson and Belinda Stowell are two of Australia’s most successful female sailors and they have now teamed up to earn a shot at the gold medal in the 2012 Olympic Games.

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