"Last time I treated myself to a pair of Louboutins, this year I want a Chanel bag": Rebecca Adlington on post-Olympics treats


'Last time I treated myself to a pair of Louboutins, this year I want a Chanel bag': Rebecca Adlington reveals plans for post-Olympics treat as she poses as Grecian statue

When Rebecca Adlington returned from the Beijing Olympics four years ago with two gleaming gold medals, she had every right to celebrate.

Hers were the first British golds in the Olympic pool for 20 years, and she was the first British woman to win an Olympic swimming gold since 1960.

To mark her victory, Rebecca treated herself to a pair of Louboutins – adding them to the pair of Louboutins her mother gifted her, and a pair of gold Jimmy Choos the Mayor of Mansfield presented to her on a velvet cushion.

Two-times Olympic gold medallist swimmer Rebecca Adlington: 'I'm buying a Chanel bag when it's over!'

Two-times Olympic gold medallist swimmer Rebecca Adlington: 'I'm buying a Chanel bag when it's over!'

This year though, the Imelda Marcos of the GB swimming team has set her sights elsewhere: on a Chanel handbag.

'I've always wanted a Chanel handbag, so that's next on my shopping list,' she told Grazia.

The Olympic gold medallist – also a World Champion and European Champion – is one of Team GB's biggest hopes. But she refuses to allow the pressure to get to her.

'I'm really excited,' she says.

'I'm excited!': Rebecca has been training hard ahead of this summer's competition

'I'm excited!': Rebecca has been training hard ahead of this summer's competition

Rebecca Adlington was the first British woman to win an Olympic gold in the pools since 1960

Rebecca Adlington, double Olympic swimming gold medal winner smiles next to her gold Jimmy Choo shoes given to her by mayor Tony Eggington in her hometown of Mansfield in 2008

Golden girl: Double gold Olympian Rebecca with her two gold medals, left, and right, with the gold Jimmy Choos presented to her by her local Mayor on her return from Beijing

Speaking as she took part in a shoot posing as a Grecian statue for legendary photographer Perou, Rebecca revealed she had been training hard for this summer's competition, taking on 10 gruelling training sessions a week.

The was joined at the shoot by the GB beach volleyball team, Shauna Mullin, Denise Johns, Zara Dampney and Lucy Boulton, and the remarkable Beth Tweddle, Britain's most successful gymnast ever.

The volleyball stars admit their training schedule is less punishing than most – at least in terms of location. 'We spend most of our year on a beach,' says Shauna.

Olympic beach volleyball hopefuls Shauna Mullin, Denise Johns, Zara Dampney and Lucy Boulton

Olympic beach volleyball hopefuls Shauna Mullin, Denise Johns, Zara Dampney and Lucy Boulton

Away from the podium: From left, Zara Dampney, Shauna Mullin, Denise Johns and Lucy Boulton

Fighting fit: From left, Zara Dampney, Shauna Mullin, Denise Johns and Lucy Boulton

'We know we're lucky,' adds Denise. 'We have got the best job in the world.'

For gymnast Beth, the forthcoming Olympics is yet another chance to push her body to its limit.

She has already won numerous World Champion and Commonwealth Champion titles – and now has her sights set on an Olympic medal.

'When I was a teenager I competed against Russian girls who'd get an apartment from the government if they won medals,' Beth tells Grazia.

Britain's most successful gymnast of all time, Beth Tweddle says 'I get a kick out of pushing my body'

Britain's most successful gymnast of all time, Beth Tweddle: 'I get a kick out of pushing my body'

Beth hopes the challenging performance she has planned for her strongest discipline - the uneven bars - will be enough to land her a medal at this year's Olympics

Beth hopes the challenging performance she has planned for her strongest discipline – the uneven bars – will be enough to land her a medal at this year's Olympics

'They were driven so hard, but I simply love what I do. I adore training, I get a kick out of pushing my body into new moves.'

Beth
has revealed the asymmetric bar routine she hopes will win her an
Olympic medal — a double somersault and a double 360 degree dismount.
She performed it perfectly in the British championships at Erith.

‘I
have to take a risk for the Olympics,' she said. 'If I don’t and I turn
up with a standard routine, I’m not going to come away with a medal.'

Read the interview in full in this week's Grazia, on newsstands now

Read the interview in full in this week's Grazia magazine, on newsstands now.