With so much hype splashing around American swimmers, some may tend to overlook international stars like Stephanie Rice.
Follow the Aussie by bookmarking this page and returning frequently during the Games. We've got everything you need to know about her background and London schedule as well as results and expert analysis.
This morning saw Stephanie Rice and her Australian team-mates set a blistering qualifying time in the women's 4x200-meter freestyle relay heats.
Simply put, nobody could catch the Australians as they cruised their way to the fastest overall qualifying time of 7:49.44.
Rice will want to put the disappointment of the 200-meter individual medley final behind her and there's no better way to do that than to be a part of a gold-medal winning Australian team in this event.
They'll have some competition in the form of the USA and Canada, but, without being disrespectful, they should have enough to see off the other finalists.
For a second, it looked like Stephanie Rice would finish high in the 200-meter individual medley. At the first turn, she was in the lead, and her backstroke leg is usually solid.
However, she couldn't sustain that strong start and faded dramatically in the last three legs. After Caitlin Leverenz came out strong in the breaststroke leg, Rice was in trouble.
She couldn't make up ground on Leverenz in the freestyle leg, and she ended up finishing fourth, off the medal podium. It was a disappointing result for the Australian, who was expected to win at least a bronze medal in the event.
Rice's time in the 200 IM final was 2 minutes, 9.55 seconds.
Rice holds the Olympic record in this event, but qualified for the semi-finals in unspectacular fashion (2:12.23). Actually, to be fair, she "held" the Olympic record.
She was facing some stiff competition in her heat, including China's Ye Shiwen who out-swam Ryan Lochte's final 50 meters. World-record holder Ariana Kukors of the United States was also in the heat.
Ye finished well ahead of the pace to steal Rice's Olympic record.
Alicia Coutts of Australia and Americans Caitlin Leverenz and Kukors finished just behind. Rice was well behind in fifth, but six swimmers from the heat made the finals.
Rice will have a difficult time reaching the podium, but she's the reigning Olympic champion for a reason. Her experience could get her a medal.
Australian star swimmer Stephanie Rice saw her 400m IM world record vanquished on Saturday. To add insult to injury, she failed to earn a medal in the event.
Shiwen Ye, who at 16 was the competitor in the final, shattered Rice's record (4:29.45) with a finishing time of 4:28.43.
Rice settled for a sixth-place finish, tied with American Caitlin Levernz at 4:35.49.
Taking second in her heat with a time of 4 minutes and 35.76 seconds, Stephanie Rice is moving on in the women's 400-meter individual medley.
It was the only the seventh fastest time during the qualification round, but we know she can slice quicker through the water. After all, Rice is the world record-holder at 4:29.45 in the event.
And with the 200 individual medley not coming up until Monday, expect Rice to kick in high gear in the 400 medley final.
* All times EDT
Saturday, July 28
400 IM (Heats and Finals — 6:17 a.m. and 3:09 p.m.)
Monday, July 30
200 IM (Heats and Semifinals — 5:41 a.m. and 3:51 p.m.)
Tuesday, July 31
200 IM (Finals — 3:39 p.m.)
Wednesday, August 1
4x200 Freestyle Relay (Heats and Final — 6:26 a.m. and 3:57 p.m.)
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Born: June 17, 1988 (Brisbane, Australia)
Currently resides in: Brisbane, Australia
- Awarded the Medal of Order of Australia in 2009
- 2008 Swimming World Magazine Swimmer of the Year
- Currently recovering from shoulder surgery
- Won three Olympic gold medals in Beijing via world record (200 IM, 400 IM, 4x200 Freestyle Relay)
- World Records entering 2012 Olympics: 400 IM (4:29.45)
Links for more info:
- Her website, stephanierice.com