Arguably one of Britain’s highest profile and most popular female athletes, Rebecca Adlington became a household name following her two gold medal-winning performances at the Beijing Games in 2008.
Her unique blend of charisma and charm allied to her dedication and professionalism in the pool has made her a global superstar, and a role model for female athletes around the world.
Rebecca Adlington’s drive and thirst for success means that she has won a medal in each of the Olympic finals she has swum. A four-time Olympic medallist in the 400m and 800m Freestyle, she won two Gold medals in Beijing 2008 and followed this up by winning two Bronze medals in London 2012. In addition to Olympic success, Rebecca has also won Gold medals at every other major swimming meet, including the Commonwealth Games, FINA World Championships and European Championships. She was also the first British swimmer to win more than one Gold medal at a single Olympic Games since Henry Taylor in 1908.
Following her success in Beijing, Rebecca was awarded an OBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace and accepted the Laureus World Sports Awards ‘Breakthrough of the Year Award’ from Sebastian Coe.
Since retiring from the sport, Rebecca has appeared on the 2013 ITV show I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and a number of other TV appearances. She also became part of the BBC punditry team and covered the World Championships in Barcelona and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.