Rebecca Adlington: ‘I never wanted to be famous’


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“You never know about [becoming a household name]until it happens to you. I didn’t expect anything to happen. After Beijing I didn’t have a manager, I’d never even considered having any profile. I’ve never been one of those people that wanted to be famous, and you don’t get into swimming to be famous. For me it was just a case of, ‘oh god, what do I do?’. It was more overwhelming and then I just had to try to get used to it. It was still a bit like, ‘why do people want to come up and talk to me?’ or have a photo, I just didn’t really ever expect it to happen. I certainly didn’t expect it to happen to myself, so it just took a bit of getting used to, but at the same time it’s not like I’m Madonna!

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Production engineer and certified swim coach. Full-time IT consultant, spare-time swimming aficionado. 2 sons, 2 daughters and a wife. President of the Faroe Islands Swimming Association. Likes to run :-)

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