Healthy editor Jane Druker sat down for a chat with double bronze winning Olympic champ, swimmer Rebecca Adlington
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Driven. Stubborn. Competitive
What made you want to become a swimmer?
My two big sisters swam – and being the little one – I wanted to be as good as them even though they were older than me. Our whole family like working hard – we’re not afraid of challenge.
You’ve got 10 minutes, which beauty products do you grab and why?
Face moisturizer because being in the pool all the time dries your skin out, mascara – because I’m pale and blonde it’s a lifesaver! And I love perfume – all different kinds – because I need to cover the smell of chlorine!
Who is your all time sporting icon?
Sir Chris Hoy – he is a legend and I’m proud to call him a friend. After the Beijing Olympics (where Rebecca won 2 gold medals) I was feeling overwhelmed. He gave me great advice to stay calm, focused and on track and just be me
How does it feel seeing yourself in all the papers?
If I’m honest it’s a little bit bizarre! There was a story last week that I was partying with Mel B – we were at the same party but I left early and didn’t even meet her. Which was a shame as I’m a huge Spice girls fan!
Speaking of which, what was the Closing Ceremony like?
It was amazing and sad. We trained for this for so many years, and it was over so quickly. I’ve got post-Olympic blues! But, I’m sure the Paralympics will take care of that.
How has this Olympics been for you?
I will remember it for the rest of my life – I’ve met amazing people – I hope the legacy is that it will inspire others to take up sport and take it to this level.
What’s next for you? A holiday?
Yes! Usually we have two weeks off a year, but this year I am taking a couple of months. I am going to relax, be a bridesmaid at (swimmer) Keri-Anne Payne’s wedding.
Rebecca Adlington wants to ensure the Olympic legacy continues to inspire people to swim and is working with Speedo on a number of swimming events and initiatives such as Learn To Swim and Pools 4 Schools, which are aimed at encouraging people to take the plunge and get into the water. For further details visit www.speedo.co.uk