QUICK FACTS: Olympic swimmer, Emily Seebohm
- Signature event: 100m backstroke
- Health and fitness philosophy: Enjoy your fitness routine, as you'll be far more likely to stick with it.
- Best beauty item: Tinted sunscreen.
- Where she buys clothes: Brisbane. The boutiques in the city are great, you can find some really good stuff.
- Favourite Pantene product: Intensive Damage Repair Oil.
- Sporting idol: Ian Thorpe
- Celebrity crush: Jesse Metcalfe
- Ultimate holiday destination: Bora Bora, it’s so beautiful!
- Favourite food: Pumpkin pie, I could eat it all the time.
- Pets: 2 dogs, Thunder and Storm.1. You're only 20 years old and already heading to your second Olympic games. Is this something you always dreamed of and were determined to achieve, or was it just a natural progression of your swimming talent?
I am very excited to be heading to my second Olympics I never really thought that I would be going to my first let alone my second! It’s amazing and I am ready to go!
2. Having won a Gold medal at Beijing in 2008 in the 4 x 100 medley, will you be disappointed if you don’t bring home a medal at London 2012?
At Beijing I didn't do a very good job in my 100 Backstroke and ended up missing the final and coming 9th so I will be disappointed if I don't make the final but I am hoping for something better!
3. Are the Olympics the pinnacle swimming event for you? How do you deal with the pressure that comes with competition on the global stage?
The Olympics are the very top and everyone wants to reach it. With the Olympics being such a big event the pressure is more then any other meet and the best way for me to deal with it is to just focus on my swimming and what I know I need to do.
4. The build up to London must be a rigorous process – can you break down a typical training day for us? Diet and all!
A normal day is getting up at 4.30am for training at 5am till 7.30am I also have gym on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings for an hour, Once a week I have a massage and physio, and then training in the afternoon from 3:30 till 6pm. I train 9 sessions a week so durning the day I just try and eat things that will help me to train at the very best like veggies, red meat and carbohydrates.
5. Who is your closest mate on the Olympic team?
My closest mate on the Olympic team is Brittany Elmslie she is also my good training partner!
Swimming does affect your social life but I try to make as much time to hang out with friends as I can! We only train once on a Saturday and then we have the rest of the weekend off so usually the weekend is the best time to get out.7. What are some other hobbies you enjoy outside of the pool?
When I'm not at the pool I like to get out and do different things like go to sporting events, beach, movies just try to be a bit "normal".
8. Before a race it’s pretty common to see competitors wearing headphones. Do you have a pre-race playlist and if so what music pumps you up?
I'm not one to listen to my music before I race I prefer to talk to mates and get myself relaxed so I work off my nerves!
9. Your body must be exposed to a lot of chlorine. What are some tips for keeping your skin and hair healthy?
With my skin I don't like to overload it with too much product so I just use Cetaphil cleanser and moisturiser. With my hair I use Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal Treatment Masque as it works with my hair and keeps it healthy!
10. If you weren’t a professional athlete, what would you do for work?
I would like to work in the fashion industry doing styling.
11. A few athletes have made the switch from one professional sport to another. Are there any other sports you’re a ‘natural talent’ at?
I'm not really good at anything out of the water and I think if I was to do another sport I would do something completely different!