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Stephanie Louise Rice

Full name Stephanie Louise Rice
Nickname(s) Ricey, Steph
Country  Australia
Stroke(s) Medley, Freestyle, Butterfly
Club St Peters Western Swimming Club
Date of birth 17 June 1988 (1988-06-17) (age 22)
Place of birth Gold Coast, Queensland
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)
Weight 67 kg (150 lb; 10.6 st)

Stephanie Louise Rice OAM (born 17 June 1988 in Brisbane, Queensland) is an Australian swimmer. She currently holds the world record in the 400 m women's individual medley, and won three gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Rice is trained by Michael Bohl from the St Peters Western Swimming Club in Brisbane. She was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia on 26 January 2009.

Rice was the gold medallist in the 200 metres individual medley at 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 0.54 sec off her previous best.

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