Rice to dive into new TV role
Stephanie Rice will give up laps of the pool to become a Today reporter. Photo: Getty Images
Olympic swim star Stephanie Rice has swapped her early starts in the pool for early starts in the studio by joining the team on Nine Network's Today show.
The 24-year-old Beijing gold medallist will be the breakfast show's health and fitness reporter.
Injury-ravaged Rice hinted at quitting professional swimming after the London Games, but has yet to make a formal announcement. However, on Thursday morning she tweeted she couldn't wait to start her new role.
Today's executive producer Neil Breen, who orchestrated Rice's signing, said in a statement: "We couldn't be happier to have Steph come on board as a member of the Today family. She will be terrific for us and the network.
"It's not every day you have a multiple Olympic gold medallist join your team.
"And I don't think the early mornings will be a problem for her after years in the pool."
The Nine Network confirmed that the role was not full-time and would still leave her available for training.
Rice's manager Titus Day says the 24-year-old has yet to make a decision about her swimming career.
He said she had taken 12 months off from training due to her shoulder injury and would not be returning to the pool until she could be cleared by a doctor.
AAP, with Aja Styles