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Olympic winner Rice quits swimming
09 Apr 2014 08:08
The decorated Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice has announced her retirement from the sport.
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Rice, who won three gold medals at the 2008 Olympic Games, confirmed the news in a video on her official website.
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The Queenslander, 25, has been plagued by injury since the London Games, having undergone three shoulder operations in the wake of them.
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"London was really tough," she said in the video.
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"There were so many things that went wrong for me in that preparation and it was like I was trying so hard to make everything so perfect and everything went wrong.
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"Coming off the Games, I really didn't want to make a rash decision on my career and if I was going to keep swimming or not because I was still too emotional about the whole preparation that I'd just been through."
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Rice won the 200-metre and 400-metre individual medleys in Beijing, as well as the 4x200m freestyle.
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She retires as one of just seven Australians to win three golds at a single Games.
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