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Stephanie Rice Twitter, Sports stars love their routines. Some, like tennis champion Rafael Nadal, take it to extremes.The Spaniard obsessively lines up his water bottles before matches, touches the front and back of his shorts, touches each ear and his nose.
Nadal will bring his rituals to the Olympics next month, but he faces a real rival in terms of pre-event preparations.
Take a close look at Stephanie Rice when the Australian swimmer defends her gold medals at London 2012.
“I’m very superstitious, especially before a race. I go through exactly the same routine prior to standing on the block,” she told CNN’s Human to Hero series.
“I do eight arm swings, four goggle presses, four cap touches. It looks really weird but it’s so comfortable to me it comes second nature now.”
Rice won the 200 and 400-meter individual medley titles at Beijing 2008 as a 20-year-old, setting world records in both events, and also had success in the 4x200m freestyle.
She was quite literally the golden girl of Australian swimming — the 400 IM medal was her country’s 400th at a Summer Olympics.
However, her return to the Olympic stage this year was by no means guaranteed. Having won silver medals at the 2009 world championships, Rice was forced out of competition the following year due to shoulder problems.
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