"Everyone's always 'Steph, you need a boyfriend' and I'm like 'I know, but apparently I have four'. Believe me, one would be just perfect,"
she saidShe said her public profile made it much harder to form any new attachments
.Even though she's considered Australia's sexiest swimmer, Stephanie Rice spends more time alone than she'd like. Perhaps hoping that she'll be at the top of Santa's 'nice' list this year, the Olympics triple gold medalist told the Courier Mail she only wants a boyfriend thisChristm
Rice's life has been a whirl of press and sponsorship deals post-Beijing, which she enjoyed initially but eventually worked against her when it came to preparation for subsequent competitions. She was unable to find a balance between training and publicity commitments, which saw a less than stellar performance at the Rome World Championships in July.
"Straight off the back of Beijing there was a load of press and sponsorship and it was all great because there wasn't swimming for me at that point in time," Rice said."I knew that I wasn't ready to race well. I hadn't put in the time that I had at Beijing and there were lots of extra distractions that were getting in the way," she said"
Then getting back into the training and not being able to find that balance of when to do those commitments and when to say no ... I've found it's been a really big learning curve.
But the 21-year-old triple Olympic gold medallist said finding love was tough.
In a revealing interview with The Daily Telegraph, Rice told of how her life spiralled out of control after the Beijing Olympics, leading her to dump her management team International Quarterback and take control of her own affairs
After her stunning Olympics success, she was publicly linked to American swimming superstar Michael Phelps, bad boy Aussie swimmer Nick D'Arcy, Sydney rugby league star David
"Wolfman" Williams and long-time training partner Brendan Capell.