Adlington receiving 800m free gold on podium in BeijingRebecca Adlington was Britain's golden girl of the Beijing Olympics. In winning the 400 metres and 800m freestyle events — the latter in a world record-breaking time — she became the first British swimmer to claim an Olympic double in the pool for 100 years.
Her success made her a household name. Adlington, far from a one-dimensional athlete, has a number of interests outside the pool and her likeable persona engaged the public following her triumph in Beijing. As proof of her new-found popularity, she came third in the 2008 BBC Sports Personality of the Year poll.
However, under the spotlightRead More »from British medal hopes: Rebecca Adlington (swimming)