Melbourne, Feb 19: Olympic golden girl for swimming Stephanie Rice is fed up of the party girl tag, and the agony is giving her an extra motivation for the upcoming championships.
The 20-year-old triple Olympic gold medallist now aims to put to rest the criticism she attracted with her performance at the world titles in Rome to be held in July.
"I haven't been out basically since Christmas and New Year, but I continue to be called a party girl and it's just gone too far now," the Daily Telegraph quoted Rice as saying.
"When I first saw the headlines calling me wild and a party animal, I just thought it was a bit over the top. But for it to continue when I'm back training and competing is untrue and it's got to the stage where enough is enough," she added.
Rice has now resumed full-scale training and is geared up for next month's world title trials in Sydney.