Sydney, August 22 : Aussie swimmer Stephanie Rice's Olympic gold victory has apparently started to earn her moolah, for she has bagged a contract with Channel Seven.
The glamour girl's two-year deal with the television network is estimated to be worth 800,000 dollars.
Rice, however, is said to have been pulled out of an expected appearance in a Channel Nine 60 minute Olympics special on the "heroes of Beijing", scheduled for broadcast on Sunday, because it would clash with her Seven allegiance.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Seven is also said to have paid other athletes not to appear on the program.
The photogenic Brisbane swimmer has won three gold medals thus far.
Her personal life is as famous as her achievements in the water.
While photographs from her page were splashed across newspapers earlier this year, her well-publicised relationship with fellow swimmer Eamon Sullivan earned the pair an advertising deal with an underwear label.
Experts have predicted that Rice, who has been the most successful female swimmer at Beijing, may make up to 450,000 dollars per sponsorship deal.
Story first published: Friday, August 22, 2008, 13:53 [IST]
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